Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie

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Tuesdays with Morrie, written by Mitch Albom, tells the story of an old man, Morrie, facing his impending death. But, the real struggle comes as Mitch Albom deals with his friend’s dying. The book goes back and forth between present tense and past tense and dabbles with all different themes and lessons. One of these lessons is the lesson of love. In Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom uses past tense in some sections of the book to portray the lesson of love trumping all. The world doesn’t always treat everyone equally and Albom had to discover that the hard way. Albom thought that he would graduate college and immediately fulfill his hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, that did not come as easily as he had wished. Albom says, “The years after graduation hardened me into something quite different from the stuttering graduate who left campus that day headed for New York City, ready to offer the world his talent. The world, I discovered, was not all that interested...My dream was…show more content…
In Mitch Albom’s case, his first encounter with death was when his uncle died. Just like the time when he had to give up on his dream of becoming a musician, Albom feels lost, like something is missing from his life. He described the the loss by saying, “After the funeral, my life changed. I felt as if time were suddenly precious, water going down an open drain, and I could not move quickly enough” (15). Albom used past tense in this section to show the readers how this life event has taught him how much he loved his uncle. If Mitch Albom’s first confrontation with death had been with somebody that did not love or care about all that much, he would not have felt the the he described in the previous quote. The fact that Albom’s life suddenly halted the way it did proves that love came first to Albom. Even after facing his uncle’s death, Mitch Albom still had to come face to face with Morrie’s
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