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The Blind Side

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Emily G.

on 3 April 2014

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Transcript of The Blind Side

Author's Purpose
Summary:
This novel has two different story-lines. The first is the evolution of the offensive strategy in the NFL, where in some chapters it describes how the offensive line has gotten to be where it is and how the position of left tackle has become so important. The second is the story of Michael Oher, a boy who grows up from having absolutely nothing to becoming the most recruited high school football player in the country.
Overview
Tone- Objective

by: Michael Lewis

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

Personal Opinion
I enjoyed this novel very much and thought it was very well written. I think that the author did a fantastic job with connecting the two story-lines. Even if you're not a big football fan, I think you can still enjoy this book because the story of Michael Oher inspires not only athletes, but anyone coming from struggling situations. However, if the game of football confuses you, I think it will be a little more challenging to understand the parts not about Michael. But overall, I loved this book and definitely recommend it.
Michael Oher
- main character and focus of novel
protective
shy/reserved
physically: big!

When
Coach Hugh Freeze
first saw him, he guessed Michael was 6'5 and 330 pounds, and he was only 16.
Writing Style-Organization
Author- Michael Lewis
American non-fiction author and financial journalist.
He became a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and has written for the New York Times and other political magazines.
Another one of his bestsellers includes
Moneyball
, which was another sports book made into a movie.
He is a credible source because he knows Sean Tuhoy (Michael Oher's adoptive father) and had known him since they were in elementary school.
"On August 1, 2005, the NCAA informed Michael Oher that he was going to be allowed to go to college, and play football" (Lewis 203).


"Collins was graduating too, but there was never any doubt Collins would graduate. It was Michael that was the news on this day" (Lewis 202).
"The ball is snapped and John Ayers sees Taylor coming, and slides quickly back to his left. And as he slides, he steps to meet his future" (Lewis 113).
I believe the author's purpose is to inform readers about Michael Oher's story and how he was influential in making the offensive line much more prominent in the game of football. He uses a journalistic style of writing, so Michael Oher's story is detailed and factual, yet it is told as a story instead of just a list of facts about Michael Oher.
Major Characters
Setting:

-The story of Michael Oher takes place in Memphis, Tennessee.
-The time frame is throughout Michael's life, but focuses on his high school career.
"Michael Oher's career as a football player wasn't a sure thing...But his odds in life had changed, dramatically...Of course, he wasn't the first black kid to rise from poverty and make it in the white world. But Michael was different, because the white world had so unusually aided and abetted his rise" (Lewis 282-283).
Tuohy family
- rich family that adopts Michael and helps him in his personal journey; includes Sean (dad), Leigh Anne (mother), Collins (sister), and SJ/Sean Junior (little brother)
Author's Purpose
Writing Style-Organization
"Those poor black kids were like left tackles: people whose value was hidden in plain sight" (Lewis 287).

"In the NFL, on the quarterback's blind side, you came and you went" (Lewis 293).
"Thus Bill Walsh received another lesson about the cost of not having a left tackle capable of protecting his quarterback's blind side" (Lewis 210).
[49'ers lost Super Bowl]


"But the inability of his left tackle to handle the Viking's right end was, in Walsh's view, a difference maker" (Lewis 211).
The author uses a parallel structure to organize his book.

In the story of Michael Oher, he tells the readers how Michael became a very successful left tackle.

In the other storyline, Michael Lewis gives specific facts and writes out specific games to show how the left tackle and offense in the NFL has evolved.

These are two connecting story-lines because Michael Oher, the first story, helped promote the evolution of the left tackle, which is the second story-line.
"But size alone couldn't cope with the threat to the quarterback's blind side, because that threat was also fast...The combination was just incredibly rare. And so, ultimately, very expensive" (Lewis 33).
Before:
Realization:
After:
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