Professor Michael Batstone
April 25, 2014
The movie Blind Side was based on the best-selling book The Blind Side by Michael Lewis. In this story the main character Michael Oher is a troubled child that is taken in by an upper class family and is put through school. During the course of this story you can see how many of the Juvenile Delinquency theories that we reviewed in class can be applied and seen, it also shows that some theories can be proven wrong based on the circumstances.
One of the Juvenile Delinquency theories that could have changed this whole story is one of Development theories’ sub theories, Life-course theory. “Life-course theory focuses on change in criminality over the life course of a person”. (Siegel, and Welch xx) In the movie The Blind Side Michael Oher’s biological mother Denise Oher tells her story to Michael’s new adopted mother. She tells her that she kept Michael from seeing all of the bad things she was doing and the drugs by telling him to simply close his eyes.
By doing this she prevented Michael from being exposed to the criminal acts she was committing at such a young age. If he had been exposed to these actions he might have become a totally different person. He might have followed in her foot steps and lead a life of crime because that what his mother did. “As young as toddler’s people begin relationships and behaviors that will determine their life course”. (Siegel, and Welch xx) Even if Michael’s mother did not cover his eyes and he did witness all of the things she was doing Leigh Anne Tuohy played by Sandra Bullock might still have been able to direct his path, it would have probably been a more difficult though I imagine.
Michael’s mothers’ acts of covering his eyes could also be applied to the Behavioral Theory as well. “The Behavioral Theory argues that personality is learned throughout life during interaction with others”. (Siegel, and Welch xx) The interaction with his mother’s criminal habits could have persuaded Michael down the wrong path. Behavioral Theory can also be applied to the Thohy family’s interactions with Michael. When Michael is interacting with Leigh Anne and her family he observes them and sees the proper way to act and the support that can come from a strong family.
Age grade theory can also be applied to this movie. “Age-graded theory places a lot of emphasis on the stability brought about by romantic relationships”. (Siegel, and Welch xx) comparing this theory to the story though does not show this with a romantic relationship but with a loving family relationship. Instead of meeting a mate whom this theory depicts Michael meets a supporting family that takes him in and loves him. Only meaningful relationships seem to help prevent crime in juvenile delinquents. The blind side shows that this is theory can be very true because, with the loving relationship that is formed between Michael and the Tuohy family he starts a journey on the brink...