Dealing With Mortality In Tuesdays With Morrie

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Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” There are several pieces of literature like this quote that elaborate on how people deal with and have dealt with mortality. In the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, two star crossed lovers, Hazel, a teenage girl with terminal lung cancer, and Augustus, an 18 year old with Osteosarcoma, are left with little time and have to live out the rest of their lives to the fullest. In the book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Morrie, an elderly man formerly a professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, who is diagnosed with ALS and …show more content…
Hazel was very isolated from others she kept to herself and only knew and handful of people. Hazel wanted to be alone to deal with her issues which is not unusual for someone going through a difficult situation. Peter isolated himself from all of his family and only contacted them once every couple of months. Peter decided he needed to go through his experience with death by himself or otherwise he would never be strong enough to make it. In the poem “Funeral Blues” the author Auden talks about stopping the clocks and cutting the telephone line, in that way he isolates himself from the world. If a person could become completely separated from the world they could make the most out of the time they have or even begin to process their grief. In life a person can choose to either be a member of society or secluded from the rest of society, but in death the dying tend to become social …show more content…
Hazel knew and accepted her death and it made her stronger. Hazel knew she was going to die and the only thing she wanted to be admired and loved by one person and she got that. Morrie also came to accept his death with all his dwindling time. He knew that if people knew how to die they would in turn know how to really live. In the end people never know how things might go for them so it is best to just accept it and move on. Death is the end for everyone and no one will ever escape it, so there comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to deal with it. If everyone could spend more time with their loved ones like Mitch and Morrie, or learn to accept they will die someday like Hazel life would be easier for all of us and mortality would not ruin people. While some choose to run and hide from death others choose to embrace it or at least deal with it by isolating themselves from others and the outside world, spending as much time as possible with their loved ones as possible, or even just accepting the cold truth of

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