Ap Book Review

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I read the book entitled Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. It was an amazing, non-fiction book about a dying old man and what he teaches to his student. Morrie Schwartz was one of Mitch’s professors at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Morrie was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, in 1994. This book is about the last few months of his life, and the interactions Morrie had with Mitch during that time.
The full title, as shown on the cover of the book, is Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, And Life’s Greatest Lesson. The title of this book is significant because it basically explains everything that will happen in the book without picking it up. It really ...view middle of the document...

The entirety of the book is really a foreshadowing to Morrie’s death. You know from the very beginning that Morrie is terminal and will die by then end of the book, but there are also other ways it foreshadows, using symbols. The main symbolic foreshadowing to Morrie’s death is the pink hibiscus plant. As Morrie gets sicker and sicker, the plant’s condition also deteriorates. This extended metaphor is used throughout the entire book to symbolize Morrie’s impending death but also symbolizes the life cycle all living things must go through, which ends, in death. Another big symbol is Morrie’s bed. When Mitch finally sees Morrie in his bed on the last Tuesday, he wrote that he remembered Morrie’s “aphorism ‘When you’re in bed, you’re dead’” (Albom 183) Morrie would always say “When you’re in bed you’re dead” and tried to avoid staying in bed at all costs. But on that final Tuesday, Morrie was in bed and it was a major symbol and foreshadow for his death, which would happen on the next Saturday. There are also other metaphors in the book as well “We went into the kitchen. I helped her straighten up, noticing all the bottles of pills, lined up on the table, a small army of brown plastic soldiers with white caps.” (Albom 182)
The main argument and theme throughout this book is the same. While it is a book about dying and accepting death; the book’s main argument is about life, and how to live. Throughout the book, Morrie gives Mitch advice of what he has learned about living while dying. Some of the best advice from Morrie is his opinions on emotions and detachment. “‘Take any emotion… If you hold back on the emotions…you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy...

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