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Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Summary (Question and Answer)

Chapter Fourteen (Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom)

CHAPTER FOURTEEN – The Fifth Tuesday We Talk About Family
66 90 By the time it was September, Albom and Morrie were forced to stop using hand held microphones during their conversations and instead they switched to a smaller, clip on microphone to record their discussions. Why was this switch necessary? With Morrie’s disease progressing quickly, he was no longer able to hold a microphone necessitating the switch to a clip on variety.
67 92 Why does Morrie think family is so important? Morrie thinks that family is so important for two reasons. First of all to supply love. Quoting Auden, Morrie tells Albom that humans must ‘love each other or perish’. Secondly, family is important to keep an eye out for each other.
68 93 Morrie’s family was very important to him, and he had raised two sons. Albom is sure that they would have both given up their lives to spend every moment with their father during his illness but Morrie forbade this. What reason did Morrie give for his decision? Morrie was adamant that his sons should not give up their lives to spend time with their father because if they did that then ‘this disease would have ruined three of us instead of one’.
69 95 Albom had two siblings, an elder sister and a younger brother. His brother was very different to Albom and had moved to Spain where he found the pace of life more conducive. After several years of living so far away from the rest of his family, he stopped all contact. Why was this and what was he going through at this time? Albom’s brother was suffering from the same rare form of cancer which had taken his uncle’s life. He decided that the fight against this disease was something which he had to do alone and consequentially cut all contact with his family in America.
70 96 Why did his younger brother’s condition make Albom feel guilty? For some inexplicable reason, Albom felt that it was his fate to contract a life threatening disease and somehow his brother was suffering from a disease intended for him.

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