Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What kind of person is Mitch Albom?

             After reading "Tuesdays with Morrie," I could not help but wonder what kind of person was behind this inspirational and moving book. Based on the content of the book, Mitch is definitely a unique man in my eyes. The fact that he wrote this moving book shows the soft side of him as a person. He comes off as a man who has meaningful values that he lives by. 

            Mitch seems like a very easy person to relate to. He seems just like the rest of the audience- inspired easily, far from perfect, and a person who has individual traits that make him himself. At the beginning of the novel, Mitch gets lost in the chaotic "media-world" and loses sight of what's really important to him. However, with the help of a father-figure, he gets his priorities back. Mitch comes across as very "people-oriented" since more than one of his books are based on the affect important people have on his life.

           Throughout "Tuesdays with Morrie," you see the change in Mitch, who serves as the protagonist. As the book goes on, Mitch learns lessons from dying Morrie. At one point, Mitch is being taught about the world, and realizes he has his priorities completely backwards. He admits to the reader that he spends too much time working rather than living for himself and for the people who mean the most to him. By the end of the book, the audience sees Mitch become more caring and selfless. He sits with Morrie in the study and actually massages Morrie’s ankles, rather than letting one of the nurses do it. This is something Mitch never would have dreamed of months before doing so, because he never cared deeply enough about a person. 

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