Salazar, Ferdinand M.
BS ECE 2A
(The Blindside by John Lee Hancock)
The Blindside is a movie which tackles about the essence of a family and the virtue of charity. The main character of the movie is a Black-American teenager, with an awfully low intellectual quotient yet having a very high protective instinct, named Michael Oher. This quality of his became his tool in becoming an excellent lineman in football. Another important character in the story is Leigh Anne Touhy, a well-off woman with a businessman husband and two kids. She displays the value of kindness by lending Michael a tremendous amount of help. She let Michael stay in their home, gave him clothes and, most importantly, treated him like her own child. Michael also became close with Leigh Anne's son, Sean, who influenced his interest in football and later on taught him the basics and other techniques in playing good football. Although at first Michael felt like an outsider in the family because they felt it was kind of awkward having someone, whom they are not related with, stay in their house, he eventually felt welcome when they started to warm-up on him and learned to love him. This shows us that people can treat a total stranger like he is a part of the family. Regardless of obvious differences, they loved him and supported him all the way through. This is real charity! Sharing, loving, helping and being happy for someone not part of your family without expecting to be reciprocated. The story also shows the parallelism of family and football. Each player in the field is like a member of the family having different roles and tasks. In the case of Michael, his role is to protect the running back. In order for him to be very effective, he has to think that the whole football team is his family and he has to protect them especially the running back. Since Michael has a very high protective instinct, he became most effective in becoming the...
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