David King Mr. Cottle Enc 1102 January 18, 2013 Race and Class in the Blind Side john Lee Hancock's The Blind Side is an excellent movie that tells the story of a young man who gets an opportunity to change his life forever. The movie not only tells the story of Michael Oher (the main character), but it also shows how race and class still play a big role in our society today. There are many racial differences illustrated in The Blind Side. To begin, Michael Oher comes from a rough neighborhood; his childhood was less than ideal. He grew up in an all black neighborhood on the dirtier side of town. The area is more commonly known as the ghetto and most white people do not venture J)~~ there,Yoften. Michael's own mother was addicted to drugs, which caused Michael to end up homeless for a while. Eventually Michael was taken in and allowed to stay with the Tuohy family. The Tuohy family comes from an entirely different socioeconomic background. The Tuohy's are a wealthy white family that lives on the other side of town. Their lives are in direct opposition to Michael's. When Michael first moves in with the Tuohy's he feels very uncomfortable and out of place due to his background. An example of this would be at the Thanksgiving dinner. Michael ends up taking more than one roll and hiding the extra in his pocket. He does this because he feels that he is not allowed to take more than
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always on his ow~M~el did not always have enough to eat. In taking only one roll and hiding the other he ends up getting what he wanted without seeming greedy in front of the Tuohy's. The movie also illustrates a lot of class differences. Michael and the Tuohy's come from two completely opposite social classes. Michael is from a poor, drugfilled area. He has grown up with other blacks and is on the lower level of the social class. Meanwhile the Tuohy's are from the higher social class because they are wealthy whites that have lived a secure peaceful life in a white neighborhood. The movie portrays many times the differences between the social classes. For example, when Mrs. Tuohy takes Michael to his home to pick up a few belongings, she is told by Michael to stay in the car despite her plan to help him. At first Mrs. Tuohy resists Michael's warning to stay in the car, but eventually she trusts Michael and stays in her car. While she is waiting for him, the people of the community give Mrs. Tuohy many strange looks. This is because she is a white person driving a very expensive car in a poor and generally unsafe area. From her appearance in the scene, it is obvious that Mrs. Tuohy does not belong in this type of environment.