The Blind Side

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 344
  • Published : April 10, 2012
Open Document
Text Preview
The success of a person is based on a number of things. Dedication, determination, drive, focus and the necessary provisons. However, there are some of us who achieve success because of the people we know or simply by good luck. Being in the right place at the right time or genuinely striving for excellence, success is accessable to all. In the movie The Blind Side, success is portrayed to be accessible by simply knowing the right people. The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical drama film. It is written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School, which was a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee. His struggle, challenges and adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy and on to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football are all brought to life in the film. For most of his childhood, 17year old Michael Oher has been in foster care with different families throughout Memphis, Tennessee. Every time he is placed in a new home, he runs away. His friend's father, whose couch Mike had been sleeping on, asks Burt Cotton, the coach of Wingate Christian school, to help enroll his son and Mike. Impressed by Mike's size and athleticism, Cotton gets him admitted despite his abysmal academic record. It was at this school Michael met his destiny. Many themes are portrayed in this movie. Poverty in The United States, Crack addiction, imporvished children, racism, favoritsim and biracial families and imporvished children are all seen throughout the movie.

Michael Oher was born on May 28, 1986, in Memphis, Tennessee. He came from a broken home and his estranged father was murdered while Oher was in high school. Being raised by his crack addicted mother, Michael was exposed to extreme poverty at a very early age. Poverty is defined as a state of privation and a lack of necessities. It is also defined as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. In this movie, poverty was a central theme. Michael was seen carrying his books in a plastic bag, wearing the same clothes repeatedly and not having a real home to sleep in. People that are considered poor or in poverty are people who cannot provide sufficient food, clothing or shelter for their families. Although there are far worst cases of poverty around the world, in the United States people who either have one working parent or parents who work for minimum wage are considered poor. Even people do have food, clothing, shelter, and make more than minimum wage but can't afford luxury are people who are considered poor. Poverty is a major issue in the US. It is something that the country has been trying to solve for decades. Poverty tends to exist in concentrated areas city slums, county areas and trailer parks. Poor people are stuck living with other poor people, hence the case with Michael before he enrolled in school. One of the reasons why it's hard for these people to get out of poverty is because there are so little jobs available to them in their area because of the high concentration of other poor people around them. People in poverty might not be able to travel outside of their local community and find work elsewhere. Hence Michael’s situation. In an effort to lessen poverty, the government offers many social programs and aid to the poor. Medicaid, welfare, food stamps and foster care for the children affected most. Although these programs really help people to get of poverty, it's not to keep them out. Most people fall back into poverty after getting out. Michael was known to be in and out of many foster homes throughout his childhood....
tracking img