Tuesdays with Morrie Themes Symbols Motifs lesson plan
THE HIBISCUS PLANT
The hibiscus plant in Morrie’s study is something that Mitch notices as he visits with Morrie. It’s small, but durable, and while Morrie withers, the plant holds on. Morrie uses the plant as a chance to demonstrate that people are connected with nature, and people and plants both die. The thing that separates humans from the plants is that humans have a chance to be remembered because of the love we create and share.
Every Tuesday, Mitch brings food from the local supermarket with him when he visits Morrie. While Morrie soon can no longer eat most solid foods, his eyes light up at the sight of the bags Mitch brings anyways. For the two men, it reminds them of their lunches they used to have back when Mitch was a student, and Mitch enjoys the fact that Morrie is not particularly careful while he eats.
The Final Thesis
Morrie’s story is told to Mitch as sort of a “final thesis”. Mitch Albom structures the memoir as a final class, with each Tuesday meeting covering a different topic. Morrie himself wants to be remembered as a “Teacher to the Last,” and he values his time with Mitch as an opportunity to share his lessons from his “experiment” with dying.
THE O.J. SIMPSON TRIAL
As Mitch is visiting Morrie in his final months, it is right in the middle of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Mitch often sees coverage of the trial on different TVs during his travels, and the verdict even comes during a visit to Morrie. Mitch uses the trial to juxtapose the fact that the entire country is concerned with a murder trial, but no one is really focusing on living for what matters, like Morrie.
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