Morrie is a Sociology professor at Brandeis University. He connects with one former student (Mitch Albom) and during the end of his life, as he battles ALS, meets with him every Tuesday to discuss a multitude of life's topics. These Tuesday meetings become Morrie's final lesson.
Mitch is the author of the book, who tells the story of his meetings with Morrie. Mitch was a student of Morrie's, who promised to keep in touch following his college graduation. However, life happened and Mitch and Morrie lost touch. Mitch becomes a sports journalist in Detroit. After seeing his old professor years later on an ABC show, Mitch reconnects with Morrie. The two pledge to meet every Tuesday, where Mitch records the lessons he learns from his professor, years after getting his diploma.
Charlotte is Morrie's wife. She collects the food that Mitch brings for the weekly meetings and gives Mitch updates on Morrie's health.
Ted Koppel is the ABC journalist and host of Nightline who did the original story on Morrie. This was the story Mitch saw that reminded him of his promise to stay in touch with his professor. As Mitch witnesses Morries deteriorating condition over the television feed, he realizes time is of the essence and he needs to get back in touch immediately. Ted Koppel and Morrie also form a bond, as Morrie is able to break down the hardened journalist's guard. The two become friends, and Ted does a 3-part series on Morrie, up until Morrie's death.
Connie is one of the members of Morrie's team of live in nurses. She is a good, compassionate friend to Morrie.
We never learn her name, but Morrie lost his mother when he was seven years old. From this, Morrie learns that life can go on after a death.
David is Morrie's brother. He contracts Polio following the death of their mother. Morrie blames himself for this, as David awoke unable to move one morning, following a day of playing together in the rain. David spends his childhood with braces on his legs, in and out of a medical home. From his brother's disease, Morrie is able to learn compassion at a young age.
Charlie is Morrie's father. He becomes hardened following the death of his wife. He came to America to escape the Russian army. He was uneducated, poor, and did not speak English well. Morrie was disappointed that he never experienced the feeling of love or warmth from his father. Charlie took Morrie to the fur factory where he worked in hopes that Morrie would make a career from it. Morrie absolutely hated it and vowed never to work in a factory.
Eva was Morrie's stepmother. She married Charlie the year following the death of Morrie's mother. Morrie received the love he longed for from Eva, a Romanian immigrant. She would sing to Morrie nightly, something he loved.
Peter is Mitch's brother. The two lost touch after Peter contracted cancer and wanted to fight the disease on his own, away from family and friends. Through Morrie's lessons, Mitch realizes the importance of family and is able to reach out and make a connection with him.
Tuesdays With Morrie Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Tuesdays With Morrie is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Morrie says that if you prepare yourself for death, you can be more involved in your life. This is a Buddhist tactic, ask yourself if today is the day and if you died today, would you have been who you wanted to be and done all you wanted to do?...
I found Morrie's general attitude inspiring. Morrie displays a very positive mental attitude. He does not feel sorry for himself because his body is slowly deteriorating. He looks at the positives in his life and the things he is still able to do....