Tuesdays with Morrie

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Laura Finnelly
Writing Assignment #2
July 17th, 2009

Tuesdays with Morrie Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom was a very simple but incredibly poignant story that touched me beyond belief. Morrie Schwartz was a very complex man but on the other hand he was a very simple man and we were able to see it because he was a caring and open man who was willing to share his dying experience with the world to help anyone who wanted to listen. In regards to the environmental press on Morrie at the end of his life, he had the physical press being his disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable, crippling disease that affects the neurological system. The disease caused Morrie to lose the use of his legs, arms, swallowing ability and ultimately it got his lungs. The interpersonal demands that Morrie had during this time were having to adjust to all the different people who were coming to see him that really hadn’t before he had gotten sick. Those people being his nurses, physical therapists, meditation coaches, his friends and family, Mitch, and Ted Koppel and his crew. The social demands that were pressing on Morrie were society’s view on death. [ (Albom) ] Morrie’s competence levels varied in the five domains: physical health, sensory-perceptual skills, motor skills, cognitive skills and ego strength. Morrie’s disease, ALS, was like a machine eating up Morrie’ nerves, which caused him to more or less wither away and change from a vibrant and active man to a helpless being that “couldn’t wipe his own ass”. This disease gobbled up his physical health and his motor skills to the point where he had nothing left. On the other hand, his sensory perceptual skills, cognitive skills and ego strength seemed to be intact until his death. An example in the book that shows this is that Morrie was coherent enough at his last meeting with Mitch, which he…...

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