English OCC 4/17/2012
Lauren Independent novel paper
Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom is a tale about a young man’s struggle with the concept of a meaningful life and how he is given a second chance and a new outlook on life when he meets his past professor. They quickly renew the relationship they once possessed in college. Morrie, the professor, becomes Mitch’s mentor, role model and friend once again. This time, however, the lessons are on subjects such as life, love, and culture which inscribe aspects of both the Western belief system and feminism.
With the threatening reality of Morrie’s illness looming over his head, Mitch learns how necessary it is to live life to the fullest. Mitch was living an empty life, lacking fulfillment and love. Morrie says “The truth is… once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” Morrie does not know when he is going to die so he knows he has to cherish every last minute he has left to live and needs to live his last days to the fullest however he can. He explains that you need happiness in your life and if you do not have happiness you do not know how to live. Morrie helps Mitch lead a life consisting of love and happiness rather than material possessions. Morrie taught Mitch to live with key ingredients of happiness and gave him understandings about what those ingredients are, and how to make them apart of his life. The key ingredient of a happy and successful life, according to Morrie, is love. In Mitch’s life, love for his girlfriend Janine came after his career in journalism. However, when Janine leaves him because of this insensitivity, he realizes that Morrie’s words are true and strives to change. Morrie is wise about life and knows more than Mitch does. This would be an example of the Western belief system because Morrie is able to give his advice to Mitch from what he himself has experienced. Morrie is able to change Mitch’s values making...