Old ProfessorNew Lessons Tuesdays with Morrie Essay

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Old ProfessorNew Lessons Tuesdays with Morrie





Domenic Buonadonna
English 101 T, Th
December 2, 2000

Thesis: In the novel Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Aldom gains a new understanding on
life's lessons taught by his old professor Morrie.


I. The lesson on the second Tuesday in the novel is feeling sorry for oneself.
II. The lesson on the fourth Tuesday is death.
III. The lesson on the fifth Tuesday is family.
IV. The lesson on the eighth Tuesday is money.
V. The lesson on the tenth Tuesday is marriage.











Old Professor-New Lessons

Mitch Albom attended many classes taught by Morrie Schwartz during his years at Brandeis
University, but he does not attempt to learn the meaning of life until he is in his
forties. The knowledge of his favorite professors illness forces Mitch to rekindle an old
friendship. In the process of finding an old friend, Mitch acquires many life lessons
that give him a new meaning to his existence.

Mitch and Morrie meet on Tuesdays. On the second Tuesday, the topic of discussion is
feeling sorry for oneself. On this day Mitch asks Morrie, "Do you feel sorry for
yourself." (Albom 56) Morrie responds:

Sometimes in the mornings, that's when I mourn. I mourn what I have lost. I mourn the
slow, insidious way in which I'm dying. But then I stop mourning. I give myself a good cry
if I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things in life. I don't allow myself
any more self-pity than that.

(Albom 57)

Mitch is amazed how well Morrie takes his illness. People in Morrie's situation sit around
and feel sorry for themselves. The idea of putting a daily limit on self-pity is a
revolutionary idea for Mitch. This lesson shows Mitch that time on earth is precious and
to find a ray of light in life's darkest days.

On the forth Tuesday the lesson deals with death and the appreciation of life. Morrie
explains to Mitch that people run from death by filling time with insignificant
activities. Morrie asks:

Mitch can I tell you something? The truth is if you accept that you can die at any time
then you might not be so ambitious. The things you spend so much time on-all this work you
do-might not seem as important. (Alden 85)


Morrie tries to instill in Mitch that the little things in life are important.
Conversations, nature, laughing, and friends are what make life worth living. One can see
as the novel progresses that Mitch gains value in this lesson. Mitch does not burry
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