Tuesdays with morrie.
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In Part II, the Fifth Tuesday, there is a flashback in this section to Morrie's childhood. By taking us back here, Albom really helps the reader understand Morrie. Using this characterization to develop the character of Morrie, the reader can empathize with him even further. This is because the reader sees a mostly sickened character as an active child, learning about how the world works and deciding what he doesn't want to do with his life. Morrie learned how not to act from watching his father's coldness and hostility. By going back to his childhood, the reader can begin to understand why Morrie is so wise and why he's teaching these lessons to Mitch.