English 10 (ENG201) Master Course
(4) TWM Essay Topics
All essays must use at least three direct references from the text (in quotation marks) as well as paraphrases and summaries to support your ideas. Be sure to to include proper MLA formatting—use your handout to help you as you write the essay.
- Trace the progression of the significant lessons Mitch Albom learns from his Tuesdays spent with Morrie. (Consider the following, as well as others: love, family, money, life, death). Examine the progression of the lessons as well as Albom’s response to these lessons. You may wish to consider the degree of sickness Morrie shows as he continues to pass on his insight.
- Mitch Albom includes in his novel many different insights into Morrie’s life. What event do you think most influenced Morrie to become the person he became? What experiences of Morrie’s prove your idea to be true? You may wish to consider Morrie’s background, his philosophical ideologies, where these ideologies originated, etc.
- Reflect on the different aphorisms Morrie shares with Mitch throughout the novel. Do these aphorisms have a common theme, or multiple themes? How are they included in relation to events of the novel? Select a few aphorisms, discuss their meaning, and relate them to the events of the novel.
- Trace the changes within Mitch Albom as a result of his renewed friendship with his old professor. You may wish to consider Mitch as he originally began his friendship with Morrie, the Mitch as he lived a life without Morrie, and the Mitch as he began to renew his friendship with Morrie. You may also wish to consider the driving forces behind these changes.
- Trace the seasonal symbolism as it is evidenced (appears) throughout the novel. How does this symbolism parallel with Morrie’s illness and eventual death? You may wish to consider the actual seasons as they are presented as well as the symbolism of the pink plant within Morrie’s study.
- Morrie states: “Love each other or die.” Explain this quote and discuss its meaning to the world at large. How and why is this seemingly simplistic statement so profound to humanity today? How is it represented in the novel? You may wish to consider Morrie’s life, Mitch’s life, Mitch’s family, etc.