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C Omparison And Contrast Essay

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Both the films, The Blind Side and Rudy, address many common issues. Two in particular that stand out are education and sports. Both Michael Oher and Daniel Ruettiger (Rudy) pursue their education in order to follow their dreams. In these cases, both dreamed of becoming college football players. The long journeys they take to reach their goals bring out each characters motivation and dedication to get to the top.
The movie Rudy took place in Chicago in the 1970’s. Most young men in this time period grew up to work at the local steel mill; a job that requires little to no education. However, Rudy’s dreams were far beyond the small town he resided in. He dreamed of playing football for Notre ...view middle of the document...

Similar to Rudy’s journey, Michael Oher, also known as BIG Mike, was obligated to get his grades up in order to play at his dream school, Ole Miss. After being taken in off the streets by a rich family, Michael is instantly surrounded by people who want him to succeed. Having only a basic education, Michael devotes himself to hours of tutoring, studying and preparation. Of course he experiences many hardships and trials just as Rudy but with the help of his peers, adult figures, and teachers, Michael flourishes and graduates high school with many D1 Full Ride Scholarships to play football. Many see careers in sports as something unrealistic and unintelligent. However, the same people fail to understand that these sports require education and passing grades just as any other career path. Without these obligatory scores, athletes are ineligible and useless.
On the other hand, both The Blind Side and Rudy show the great importance and significance of sports. For example, sports and athletics allowed Daniel Ruettiger to escape the boundaries of his small town and enter the real world, making memories one could only dream of having. Many athletes come from broken homes. Sports allow young kids and even young adults to have hope in themselves. It allows them to strive to reach a goal and to dedicate themselves in order to make a difference. Rudy’s family expected nothing but for him to work in the mine, just as his father and brothers had done. But because Daniel had the mindset of a “Go Getter” he did all he could to make sure he achieved the unexpected. Most importantly, sports changed Rudy’s life. Not because he was an amazing athlete, but because athletics showed him that hard work truly does pay off.
Alike Rudy, Michael Oher’s heart belonged to football. He discovered...

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