Michael struggles in his studies and barely passes any of his classes. The turning point of his life is when the Leigh Tuohy sees him walking alone outside the campus in a freezing cold weather just wearing a shirt and no jacket at all. Ms. Leigh Tuohy helps Michael and she opens her mansion for him to shelter. Eventually, the Tuohy family adopt Michael as a legal guardian. They provide him shelter, food, clothes, and a family.
Michael’s foster parents had been approached by many adults that had told them that Michael was bad for them and their family. People had believed he would steal, hurt, or do something to cause major issues to the family. Since he was of a different race, he wasn’t the “same” as everyone else. Michael’s appearance was what the people recognized him as, not the reality from the inside. He went through every single day being looked at as if he were trash.
As I read this article 15 times or more trying to fully understand it all, my mind is taken back over, and over again to the movie, “The Blind Side.” In this movie Michael Oher has to overcome being taken from his mother at a young age, becoming homeless, adapting to a new life with a “family.” He has to try to fit in, in his new school, make decent grades. The school is predominately white, Christian school, and Michael is a black kid from the wrong side of the tracks. With help from his new family, friends, and the community Michael overcomes many obstacles and goes from a not so smart homeless kid, to high school graduate with college football in his future.
According to Maier, “It is evident that the selection of shots from the film influences the viewer to adopt certain evaluative viewpoints in the first place” (Maier 166). The shot described near the beginning of the paragraph can cause viewers to pick or select a certain viewpoint regarding the situation in the shot. It may cause viewers to develop an opinion about the Tuohy family and their kind gesture or about Michael’s non-existent family and their unsupportive ways. These opinions or viewpoints can lead to emotions that are either heart-wrenching, because of the situation Michael is in, or have a power of hope, because of the welcoming arms of the Tuohy family. This scene/shot also helps relate and bring about the idea that you
Michael was unable to acquire the basic strength of competence because he was scolded by his father and not allowed to have a normal childhood. Assuming that Michael’s father had always been physically abusive to his children, the level of abuse probably increased around the latency stage for Michael when he would have first became a member of the Jackson 5 at six years old. The latency stage is critical for social relationships and interactions because this is the time when school begins and a child can be around peers of his/her own age. This is usually when self-esteem or self-confidence is developed through peer interaction, so failing this stage can result in a child having a difficult time making friends and building lasting relationships. For Michael, the punishment and ridicule that he received resulted in him feeling inferior and inadequate in his ability as a performer in his father’s
Moreover, he sacrifices his freedom to return back to Waknuk to be with Rachel. Michael is determined to follow and help his friends as they escape, and he shows great heroism by being smart, brave, and selfless. Michael is a hero because he is smart and the most decisive person among the telepathic group. Firstly, in chapter 8, his parents are not satisfied with the education in Waknuk and they have decided to send him to a school in Kentak; there he learns new things that the rest of the group does not.
In our world, people who are born different from other people are almost always treated differently from those who are “normal”. Nearly every person that is treated differently is treated in a more negative way than they would be if they fit in with other people. This is a terrible and insensible trend that has caused years of suffering throughout human history. Because of unimportant and miniscule discrepancies, such as race, we have decided to put up walls between cultures and make ourselves narrow-minded and un-open to new ideas. The reality that discrimination is universal has lead to discrimination becoming a popular theme in literature and other forms of entertainment.
The idea of discrimination is an odd one. A human being has to look at another human being who, in some way is a little bit different, and think “This person is of lesser value than me”. Despite how strange that may sound it has played a frightening role in the history of human beings. Most notable examples are Nazi Germany’s treatment of the Jewish during World War II and the treatment of black people in America throughout its history as a country.
Positivity can affect not only one’s self, but those around them as well. In the face of responding to conflict, positivity can reduce stress and anxiety, help health, and provide a better environment. During times of conflict, positivity has been proven to reduce both stress and anxiety. In an article from the Mayo Clinic Staff, they commented that “Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your well-being” (Mayo Clinic Staff).
Having a positive attitude can make people less stressed during a time of conflict. According to the Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, “...optimists tend to use coping strategies that focalize on the problem more frequently compared to pessimists. When these strategies cannot be enacted, optimists resort to adaptive strategies that focalize on the emotions, for example, acceptance, humour and positive re-assessment of the situation.” Unlike pessimists, optimists are more equipped to unravel a dispute calmly and quickly. After people use healthy strategies, a conflict would not be as stressful as before.