Tuesdays with Morrie
IB English 11
"You see," he says to the girl, "you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too-even when you're in the dark. Even when you're falling"(Albom 61).
This quote from the flashback in "The Second Tuesday" speaks to the themes of relationships and dependency. Morrie uses the "trust fall exercise" to teach to trust blindly, using others to "feel" your way through something. By saying "Sometimes you cannot believe what you seeÃ¢ÂÂ¦" He's emphasizing that one has to determine whether to trust or not based on instincts not just logical judgment. Morrie's basically saying that the exercise is a metaphor for how you should trust in a relationship.
This is also a good example of his efforts to get people to put their guards down, which I interpret in many instances throughout the book.
"The most important thing about life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in" (Albom 52).
This speaks to the theme that in my opinion is the most resound in the book, love. Morrie emphasizes that people should accept love, and show affection often. This particular quote also illustrates acceptance, and Morrie's desire for people to accept themselves, along with others. After reading "The Professor" where Albom talks about the death of Morrie's mother, his less than affectionate father, and the marriage of his father to Eva, who gave an abundance of affection to Morrie and his brother; we find out that the aforementioned quote is a prime example of foreshadowing.
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