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Theory of Dying

Life is full of irony and flashbacks that we all may face at any age, but the
experience of dying is unique for everyone. The author, Mitch Albom, in his novel,
Tuesdays with Morrie, gives an array of life lessons. This paper explores non-traditional
theory of dying, which is one of the main themes in the book. The author uses irony and
symbolism to illustrate this idea.
Firstly, the author uses irony to express the theme of non-traditional theory of
dying, therefore, exemplifying rejection of popular culltures concept of dying. In this,
novel, the reader is introduced to Morrie, whom is Albom;s past professor. Morrie suffers
from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Morries philosophy of dying is ionic in that
he describes that phhysical handicaps and dying should not be embarassing and fearful;
thus, rejection the values of popular culture (21). [I] dont want to leave the world in a
state of fear, want to know whats happening, accept it, get peaceful place and let it go.
(107). In saying this, Morrie Schwartz teaches his former student, Mitch a form of a new
life cycle that the natural progression of life is that death is a final project, which we
should embrace. Morrie also expresses that the popular culture is a dictator from which
human beings are suffering. Women must be thin and men must be rich. (155) Morrie
goes on to criticize that popular culture is media driven, greedy, violent, superficial,
homicidal, torturous with theiving and gruesome crimes that serve only few. We do not
have to accept the beliefs that society imposes; do not let the society determine ones
beliefs. One can create their own sub-culture and belief system. Morrie trues to be a role
model for society, from which they will learn and accept their own strengths and

weaknesses to seek help and be ready to move n. As Morries health condition


deteriorates, he needed others help for his daily life activities, much like children needing
the help of their parents or guardians. (157) He asks his visitors to hold his urinal and to
wipe his back. Instead of feeling ashamed and disgraced by his dependency, he adapts to
his situation and finds appreciation. Morrie breaks the popular culture surrounding him;
that one should not be ashamed of being sick or be ashamed of needing help. When the
Nightline program producer requeststo film him and informs him that he will be in the
air/media, Morrie gladly accepts the opportunity. He believes that his message, his
philosophy of dying, will reach millions of people (132). But when they asked him to put
make-up and dress nicely, since popular culture does not accept showing the declining
phase of life to the public. Morrie refuses to do so as it would not show the reality of his
condition. (21) Instead, he was happy that he has the good opportunity to spread to the
world his non-conventional theory of dying.