The Blind Side: Michael Oher’s Transformation

Topics: Michael Oher, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Sean Tuohy Pages: 2 (832 words) Published: April 14, 2011
In the movie, The Blind Side, Michael Oher’s character experiences many changes. Throughout the film, he grows from a shy, uneducated boy into a young man who belongs to a family. The film begins with Oher as a homeless youth struggling to find a place to sleep. It progresses with Oher’s fortunate meeting of the Tuohy family and concludes with Oher’s ultimate transformation from a homeless boy into a successful man.

A 17-year-old atypical teenager, Michael Oher has been living with many foster parents throughout Memphis, Tennessee. He was basically an orphan because his father dies when he was young and his mom is never around due to crack addiction. Every time he finds a new home, he runs away. He sleeps whenever and wherever he can and eats whatever he finds edible. He sleeps in launder mats, on his friend’s couch and even in a wealthy family’s (Tuohy’s) home. He eats food such as popcorns that has been left on bleachers in gyms by the fans. Basically he is a homeless boy trying to find his purpose in life. When he finally got a chance to study at Wingate Christian School, we view his character as a quiet, shy, and uneducated student. He hardly asks any questions. When he speaks to answer a question, he replies with a soft, “Yes”, “No”, or “I don’t know”. It seems as if he does not belong anywhere. When teachers hand out written test, he would draw a boat on the back of his test paper and leave all the questions blank. However, given a verbal test, Big Mike would answer questions accurately and prove that he is, in fact, capable. Though he may be shy, uneducated, and monstrous, his politeness seems to negate his off-putting appearance. He shows Mrs. Tuohy his good manners by making the couch after he has slept on it and by sitting at the dinner table to eat while the rest of the family eats on the couch. He calls all the ladies “Ma’am” and speaks with respect. Big Mike would then eventually grow a little more mature and become part of...
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