What Is The Theme Of Wisdom In Tuesdays With Morrie

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Register to read the introduction… This is true for both Morrie Schwartz and King Lear. In Tuesdays with Morrie firstly we see that Morrie gains wisdom through his physical suffering of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which slowly takes over his body, eventually not allowing doing anything except blink or clucking his tongue. Slowly as the disease takes over his body we see that he begins to come to terms that he is becoming more and more dependent on people. “I’m an independent person, so my inclination was to fight all of this - being helped from the car, having someone else dress me. I felt a little ashamed, because our culture tells us we should be ashamed if we can’t wipe our own behind. But then I figured, Forget what the culture says. I have ignored the culture much of my life. I am not going to be ashamed. What’s the big deal? And you know what? The strangest thing... I began to enjoy my dependency.(Albom 115-116)Therefore Mitch gained wisdom by suffering physically with ALS and coming to terms that he was losing independency. The wisdom is the fact that he is finally able to enjoy it instead of allowing it to rule his life. In contrast we see King Lear also suffer in order to gain wisdom yet he suffers mentally instead of physically. In King Lear, King Lear discovers that his two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, who had showered him with words of love and affection the day …show more content…
Everyone comes and goes the same way: through birth and death. Finally In both Tuesdays with Morrie and King Lear, both main characters gain even more wisdom either through dying or before dying. Both characters gain wisdom with death in one way or another. Firstly we see Morrie trying to come to grips with the fact that he is dying and will be dead soon. He gains wisdom with death because he is able to realize this and make the best of it. Study me in my slow and patient demise. Watch what happens to me. Learn with me."(Albom p. 10)Therefore he gains wisdom min the fact that he has accepted death and now wants to share it with everyone else around him and teach them and pass on his wisdom about dying. In contrast King Lear gains wisdom so late that he is only to die after he finally realizes everything he cherished in life wasn’t that important and everything he thought didn’t matter was actually so important. After the death of his daughter he realizes that he had love all along but he was looking at the wrong people and in the wrong places. When the only person who loved him dies, Lear states A plague upon you, murderers, traitors

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