Tuesdays with MOrrie Smita Ektare

Response 2A:

1. Mitch is a sports writer and former student of Morrie. I found it interesting how he admits his flaws and is honest about the fact that he is alienated from his old friends, professors, and other people from his past. Mitch’s ability to be honest about his flaws is what makes the story of him becoming closer to Morrie real and allows the reader to connect with what he is saying, because no character is flawless. Morrie is a college professor who reminds me a lot of Mike Powell. He is willing to get up every day and not simply waste away. Morrie’s views on life are very unique and, although they may be hard to accomplish, they are the only way you can lead a meaningful life. Morrie prioritizes things in life well and is brave enough to disband the narcissistic culture we have today. I found Morrie’s bravery and acceptance of today's culture very interesting.

2. We shouldn't fear death, we should embrace it. Although I don't have any experience with death, I do know that it is a reflection of life that has a large impact on the victim’s friends and family. Death is something we cannot escape, so personally, I don't think we should use the ventilators to keep ourselves alive and suffer, because I believe we will die when our time comes. Rather than fearing death, we should prepare for it, like Morrie, because sitting around, pitying yourself as you waste away on your last days on earth is really not a good ending. Instead, we should spend our last days with our friends, family, and other people that make us happy and share our final thoughts and goodbyes, because a relationship can last through stories and quotes of the person. Morrie says, “I am going on a journey and telling others what to pack,” his way of sharing his final experiences before he passes away.

3. Death is inevitable, so stop trying to postpone it.

Response 11:

1. Mitch is learning about what it really means to be human and is changing for the better. Morrie’s death is giving Mitch opportunity to discover the important things in life. Morrie is getting human contact, love, and affection from Mitch, an opportunity to make things right, and a chance to share his opinion and views of life with others. Morrie said his ultimate goal was to make Mitch "have emotions,” and his time with Mitch clearly allowed him to accomplish his goal, .

2. I agree and disagree with Morrie. I think the right word, in this case, is innately, not inherently, because I believe people are born good but are brought up and stay the same or change for the worse, depending on their individual experiences. People's experiences and relationships shape their character, and this is how they change. Even people who are "bad "aren't really bad, they may have good intentions or may be good deep inside, although there are still exceptions. Still, people have the choice to be good or bad, and it is up to them to choose what they want to be. So, yes, Morrie is right in saying that everyone has good in them, but I disagree in that we are not always permanently good, but we are born good and have the choice to be there good or bad for the rest of our lives.

Theme Identification:

Reject today's culture’s values and create your own. Morrie talks about how today's culture is not focusing on the right things in life, and encourages Mitch to reject the culture’s values and develop his own. Morrie emphasizes the fact that today's culture is too narcissistic and promotes the wrong beliefs. To show that today's culture promotes violence, jealousy, and corruption, Mitch Albom sneaks in hints of the O.J Simpson trial and other media reports that show evidence of these values. Morrie says things like “love is how you stay alive” (133) and “love each other or perish” (145) to prove the importance of love, affection, and healthy relationships. He even compares money to love when he says “money is not a substitute for tenderness” to show how much more valuable love is than money. Mitch Albom’s book about Morrie Schwartz emphasizes the need for reform of values by promoting other values and comparing them to those of the current culture’s.

Concept Comprehension:

Death ends a life, not a relationship. When people die, their life maybe over, but they still remain in the hearts of the people who love them, through traditions, stories, and memories. When someone passes away, their mark or impact on their community is shown through the relationships they maintain. For example, I know my grandmother, who passed away before I was born, almost as if she is alive because I have heard stories about her. Morrie emphasizes the importance of choice in terms of the way we live our lives, and this is an example of that choice. It is the choice of how strong we want our relationships to be, the choice of how we want to be remembered. The feelings someone has when they think about you, however, can be both positive or negative, and hatred is still a negative relationship one may have with another person, so doesn’t that mean that the relationship that lives on could also be a negative one? We love and hate people when they are alive, but should we overcome the hatred of someone after they pass away?

Money and other egotistical things won't fulfil your desires. In the end, love is the only thing that will bring you happiness.
"Love each other or perish."

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