The Blind Side

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“The Blind Side” is a movie based on the true events in Michael Oher’s life as he went from being homeless with no father and a mother addicted to drugs, to a star football player in the NFL. Before Oher became number 74 on the Baltimore Ravens, he had little to no schooling. However, Oher also gained support after the Tuohy family provided him with a home and an opportunity. Michael Oher and his character, as portrayed in “The Blind Side”, both struggled with education for many years before attaining a successful career. There are similarities and differences between his character in the book and in the movie.

Michael Oher was born on May 28, 1986 in Memphis Tennessee to Denise Oher and Michael Jerome Williams, whom he never met. His father was murdered when Oher was in high school and although he had his mother around, she was addicted to crack cocaine. Michael was among 13 other struggling siblings. The children didn’t live together, they were scattered about town trying to live on their own. Michael Oher was homeless, looking for couches or benches to sleep on each night. He was also in and out of foster homes. Michael had so sense of a stable environment..In the movie, Michael was staying with a friend, Tony Henderson. He had allowed Oher to crash on his couch for the night and decided to have him tag along while he enrolled his own son Steven at Briarcrest Christian School. This was Michael’s first step into education. Prior to this, Michael had repeated first and second grade He never had someone to push him in school, therefore he was never motivated to try. During Michael’s first nine years of education, he had attended eleven different schools. According to The New York Times, Oher had not even attended school for about eighteen months when he was around the age of ten. It is also said that Michael...
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