CONFLICT There are two conflicts in this novel: the major conflict is Morrie vs.

ALS and the second, minor conflict, is Mitch vs. himself. Morrie must come to terms with his illness and accept his coming death from ALS. In the meantime, Mitch, his former college student, visits him every Tuesday. Mitch has become very disillusioned with his fastpaced life and constant strive for materialistic possessions. He struggles to find meaning with his life and to change the person he has become in the sixteen years since he had last seen Morrie. Protagonist Morrie Schwartz is the protagonist of Tuesdays with Morrie; he is the character around which the action develops. Morrie is a loving, compassionate and accepting older man who is losing his life to the disease, ALS. Antagonist The disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is the antagonist of the story. This is the disease from which Morrie is suffering throughout the novel. We see the disease gradually begin taking over Morrie: he stops dancing; he then eventually is confined to his chair in his study; the disease then prevents him from eating solid foods and moving around without help. Eventually he is bed ridden and fully succumbed to the disease, which does finally take his life. Climax Mitch visits Morrie for the last time, when he is very close to his death; after years of trying to get Mitch to open up, Morrie finally succeeds at doing so by seeing him cry.

Outcome At Morrie¶s funeral, Mitch has a conversation with Morrie, in his head, and feels at ease due to the familiarity of the conversation. Mitch also takes Morrie¶s advice and contacts his brother in Spain. Another outcome of this story is the novel itself-Mitch relaying the story of a man who changed his life. SHORT PLOT/CHAPTER SUMMARY (Synopsis) Morrie Schwartz was Mitch Albom¶s favorite college professor. At the start of the novel Albom recalls a memory from his college graduation day: he is saying goodbye to Morrie and gives him a tan briefcase with his initials on it. They hug and when Mitch steps back he sees that Morrie is crying. Mitch promises to stay in touch with Morrie but he never does after college. Since his graduation, Mitch has become a newspaper reporter and husband. He leads a very fast paced life and is constantly working and traveling. He has become so engrossed in his work that it consumes his life. The novel recommences about sixteen years after Mitch¶s graduation day; Morrie has since been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Since Morrie¶s diagnosis, he began jotting down ideas and thoughts onto scrap paper, yellow pads or even envelopes. He also wrote philosophies about living knowing death was very near. One of his friends was so taken with his writing, he sent them to the Boston Globereporter, who wrote a feature story about Morrie. The story intrigued one of the producers of the show, ³Nightline´, who then did a feature story about Morrie. Mitch happened to see the ³Nightline´ show and recognized his old professor. He called him to set up a visit.

a debilitating disease that leaves his "soul. away on reporting assignments." Morrie admits that the thing he dreads most about his worsening condition is that someday. death. Eventually. After his uncle dies of pancreatic cancer. Mitch returns regularly every Tuesday to listen to Morrie's lessons on "The Meaning of Life. . Mitch promises his wife Janine that they will have children eventually. In his first of three interviews with Koppel for "Nightline. Mitch travels to Boston to visit Morrie. At his funeral Mitch tries having a conversation with Morrie. the purpose of their meetings was to discuss Morrie¶s view on the meaning of life. though as Morrie's condition worsens he is no longer able to enjoy solid food. regrets. as he now seeks more meaning in his life and knows that he will not gain this meaning from reading about celebrities and gossip. Mitch works himself nearly to death reporting on the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London. a decision he later regrets. whom he quickly befriends. imprisoned inside a limp husk" of a body.Mitch began visiting Morrie every Tuesday. Morrie Schwartz. Following Morrie's television appearance. Mitch takes almost all of the sociology courses Morrie had teaches. Morrie was bed ridden and near death. Morrie notices Mitch is finally crying. Their discussions ranged from the world. One night. When Mitch drives up to Morrie's house. love and money. Mitch brings Morrie food to eat. this fear comes true. Mitch is feeling frustrated with the life he has chosen to live. After Morrie¶s death Mitch regains contact with his brother who lives in Spain and is battling cancer. and learning to accept death. Before consenting to be interviewed. Shortly after his reunion with Morrie." Each week. and it is then that Mitch realizes he is chasing after the wrong thing.T. Mitch Albom. the book's narrator. Mitch feels a certain naturalness and comfort to this conversation and realizes that it happens to be Tuesday. While at Brandeis. As he and Mitch hugged for one last time. Mitch learns that the article he has worked so hard to write will not even be published. Following their first Tuesday together. Morrie is forced to forfeit dancing. that he will keep in touch. Mitch became so intrigued by Morrie¶s philosophies that he began taking notes and even recording Morrie. Morrie becomes increasingly sick. Years after Mitch's graduation from Brandeis. keeps her job as a professor at M. He is knocked over by a swarm of reporters chasing celebrities Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields. After he has received his diploma. Charlotte. he will not be able to wipe himself after using the bathroom. he spends much time thinking about Morrie and forfeits reading the tabloids. as he had wanted. Mitch is flipping the channels on his television and recognizes Morrie's voice. though he spends all of his time at work. There. though at his insistence. Morrie is being featured on the television program "Nightline" in the first of three interviews with Ted Koppel. With each lesson. Sixteen years after his graduation from Brandeis." Mitch is stunned to see his former professor on television. Mitch contacts his beloved professor and travels from his home in Detroit to Morrie's home in West Newton. though he does not fulfill his promise. his favorite hobby. Morrie's wife. Mitch approaches his favorite professor.I. Once more. cares for Morrie. perfectly awake. When he returns to his home in Detroit. who is crying. He promises Morrie. as the union he belongs to is striking against the newspaper he works for. recalls his graduation from Brandeis University in the spring of 1979. because he has been diagnosed with ALS. Morrie surprises and softens the famed newscaster when he asks Koppel what is "close to his heart. Morrie dies a short time after. during their last meeting. Massachusetts to visit with him. Mitch abandons his failing career as a musician to become a well-payed journalist for a Detroit newspaper. and presents him with a monogrammed briefcase. loving others. Morrie¶s philosophies included rejecting popular culture morals and following self-created values. he delays greeting his professor because he is speaking on the phone with his producer.

Peter has refused his family's help in battling pancreatic cancer and insists on seeking treatment alone. At Morrie's funeral." He and Mitch often hold hands throughout their sessions together. Morrie cries freely and often. Morrie says that he has reverted to a figurative infancy. Though she does not usually sing upon request. Mitch describes himself as a student who had acted tough. In his lessons. Morrie advises Mitch to reject the popular culture in favor of creating his own. and reminds Mitch that he does not want to talk about his illness. Soon before Morrie's death. acceptance. Mitch calls Peter and leaves numerous phone messages. however this communication feels far more natural than he had ever expected. Morrie says. At Brandeis. so does that of the pink hibiscus plant that sits on the window ledge in his study. as it drenches the country with stories of murder and hatred. Mitch tape records his discussions with Morrie so that he may compile notes with which to write a book. Morrie seeks it out in his old age from his family and friends. Meanwhile. Mitch had expected such a dialogue to feel awkward. at Morrie's insistence. when his condition has deteriorated so much that he can no longer breathe or move on his own. Now that he is nearing his death. One such story is the murder trial of O. is founded on greed. Janine concedes. Charlie insists that Morrie keep his mother's death a secret. but had sought the tenderness he recognized in Morrie. Morrie had been very poor. a kind woman who gives Morrie and his brother the love and affection they need. Morrie must read the telegram that brings news of his mother's death. Mitch attempts to restore his relationship with his brother Peter who lives in Spain. Charlie had been cold and dispassionate. Simpson. Mitch recalls his promise to continue his conversations with his professor and conducts a silent dialogue with Morrie in his head. after Morrie's death. and superficiality. selfishness. Janine travels with Mitch to visit Morrie. and had neglected to provide for Morrie and his younger brother emotionally and financially. a culture that upholds a set of ethical values unlike the mores that popular culture endorses. Eva also instills in Morrie his love of books and his desire for education. and continually encourages Mitch to do so also. the verdict of which causes major racial division between whites and blacks.Interspersed throughout Mitch's visits to Morrie are flashbacks to their days together at Brandeis. For many years. he would choose Mitch. Charlie marries Eva. he confides that if he could have another son. However. a the book will allow him to do just that. Popular culture. Janine is a professional singer. Mitch becomes increasingly aware of the evil in media. On one Tuesday.J. he keeps the telegram all of his life as proof that his mother had existed. Tuesdays With Morrie. His father. Because he was starved of love and affection during his childhood." Morrie continually tells Mitch that he wants to share his stories with the world. which he urges Mitch to overcome. . As Morrie's condition deteriorates. Morrie also stresses that he and Mitch must accept death and aging. as both are inevitable. Morrie prophetizes that Mitch will once more become close with his brother. is realized. as he wants Morrie's younger brother to believe that Eva is his biological mother. and her voice moves Morrie to tears. In his childhood. as he is the only one in his family who can read English. a prophecy which. This demand to keep his mother's death a secret proves a terrible emotional burden for young Morrie. At the age of eight. Mitch and Morrie shared a relationship more like that between father and son than teacher and student. and tries in earnest "enjoy being a baby again. though the only reply he receives from his brother is a curt message in which Peter insists he is fine. a project which he and Morrie refer to as their "last thesis together. The individualistic culture Morrie encourages Mitch to create for himself is a culture founded on love. and human goodness. and Morrie asks her to sing for him.

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