The blind side follows the story of Michael Oher, a young boy from, ‘Hurt Town’ in the lower side of Memphis, who lives a life of hardship up until he is taken care of and after that adopted by the Tuoheys, an abundant household who own a chain of Taco Bells. They assist him enhance his grades and establish his NFL abilities up until he makes a scholarship to Ole Miss University which assists him end up being a professional NFL gamer.
Belonging in The Blind Side:
During the course of The Blind Side, Michael is transformed from a shy kid living in poverty, into an extremely confident and effective sportsman. This modification was caused with the assistance of the Tuohey household with whom he concerned belong after they took care of, then adopted him into their household. This family likewise helped him break away from the hazardous ‘lower class’ society in which he didn’t actually belong, as shown in the scene where he goes back after coping with the Tuoheys and gets in a battle with the local gang; and start to come from the ‘upper class’ society of Wingate which he previously didn’t come from.
Throughout the movie Michael embraces the Tuohey family as his own, as he didn’t come from his biological family due to the lack of a dad, and his moms drug issues, as revealed by the dreadful flashbacks he has of being forcefully separated from his mom and siblings. Initially Michael turns down the efforts the Tuoheys make to help him as he feels that he does not belong with them due to their position in society and skin colour, as revealed by his body movement, being conservative as he is always rubbing his arms near his body.
However after he is provided a plate at thanksgiving, a huge gesture to him as he struggles for food, he feels as though he belongs with them. This is later on validated after they include him in their household Christmas card, which is viewed as odd to others, like cousin Bobby who asks “Ya’ll understand there’s a coloured young boy in your Christmas Card”, nevertheless the household do not mind and laugh it off as they know he becomes part of their family.
Throughout the film it is shown that Michael doesn’t belong in the lower class society where there are no aspirations to become successful, or the upper class society where there are these aspirations; until he becomes part of the Tuohey family. Early in the film Michael is shown to not belong amongst ‘lower class’ as when he is walking by himself along a path, children from this society are playing with each all around him, showing he doesn’t belong with them. When he goes to Wingate he is shunned by the white populous as well, due to his size and skin colour, “like a fly in the milk”.
He doesn’t belong as others ignore him and move away from him when possible, as shown when he tries to talk to the two little girls on swings but they run from him. After the Tuoheys take him however in he learns how to belong with others in their society through improved body language, smiling more, and becoming better known through his sporting prowess. This is revealed when he talks the same two girls and they ask him to push them as they are no longer scared. This shows how Michael was able to change his life for the better because of a feeling of belonging giving him more confidence, so he could pursue his dream of playing football professionally. It shows the power that belonging in a family has and how society is able to accept or reject its members.