In this world, there are many different kinds of mediums. You can find them anywhere. From online, to on the streets. From the streets, to in the air. No matter where you are, there will always be a medium close by. The medium that I chose is the movie itself and its cover. It is called The Blind Side. Everything can be rhetorically analyzed. Like speeches, images, commercials, movies, products, and more. Every type of medium has a meaning and a purpose. It is usually hidden in plain sight but, all you have to do is read in between the lines. You just have to focus and concentrate to find out what it is actually saying.
On this movie cover, there are two characters walking on a football field. The one on the left-hand side is a white woman, dressed in a fancy shirt and pants. You can obviously see by what she is wearing that she has to be rich. While walking, she looks to the person on the right and puts her right hand on their back. Just by looking at that, you can conclude that she will always be there for him no matter what happens. The person on the right-hand side is a boy, probably in his teenager years. He is wearing a football uniform with a helmet in his right hand. On the back of his uniform in bold white numbers is the number “74”. On the top of those two main characters, the word “BASED ON THE EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY” is written in black. Whole on the bottom of the movie cover in white letters, the words “SANDRA BULLOCK THE BLIND SIDE” is written.
After looking at the cover and watching the movie, I can say that out of the three ethical appeals, there are two that show up obviously. Those two would be ethos and pathos. Ethos is basically the credibility of the medium we are analyzing. In this movie, ethos is how it is based on a true story. This is a story that is based on a professional football player, Michael Oher. Before it became a movie, Michael wrote a book on his experiences. It became so popular that they made it into a movie right after. The other evidence of credibility is one of the main actresses, Sandra Bullock. She has made a great reputation which helps boost the movie. Most of the movies she has starred in has always been successful. When people hear that she plays in it, they will start wanting to watch the movie. Her name is even written in capital letters on the bottom of the movie cover, right on top of the movie title.
For pathos appeal, you can see it throughout the movie. They show this by activating our emotions to the topic of family and being homeless. This appeal is executed when Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) gave Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) his own room and bed to sleep in. He never had anything of his own except his clothes he wore before he met the Tuohy’s. He hasn’t slept in a bed of his own in a long time. It has always been either the floor or couches. Another example of this is when Leigh Anne Tuohy defends Michael Oher from her own friends. In the movie Leigh Anne told her friends, “Look, here’s the deal, I don’t need y’all to approve my choices alright, but I do ask that you respect them. You have no idea what this boy has been through and if this becomes some running diatribe, I can find overpriced salad a lot closer to home.” She was willing to destroy her friendship just for Michael. These are just some of the examples of pathos in this movie. The whole movie is in the pathos appeals.
In an article online, a man interviewed the real Michael Oher about his experiences and about what he thought of the movie. “…Michael talked about how some aspects of the movie were ‘Hollywood’.” The writer of this article had said that Michael had talked about three key points. “1. Your situation doesn’t define you – YOU define your situation 2. Keep pushing to improve 3. Don’t get complacent” Those were the three-main points Michael was passionate about. These are all the things he had learned from his own experiences.
Just like everything else, there is a specific audience the creator is trying to portray to. For this movie, in particular, the audience would be people who need inspiration to go on and people who are homeless. It portrays to these people because in the movie Michael Oher himself was homeless and later was taken in by the Tuohy family. He then creates a career for himself as a professional football player while he had his family supporting him the whole time. The purpose of this true story is for people to watch the movie and to know that they are not alone. There are people out there who are in the same situations or even worse. It gives a person a sense of hope and relief after watching the movie. I feel like they do accomplish these things throughout the whole movie.
Everything can be analyzed somehow. In this movie, there are two appeals that show up out of the three. Those appeals would be ethos and pathos. You can find them throughout the whole movie. Like every medium out there, there is an audience the creators are trying to portray to. In this case, the audience are people who is seeking for inspiration and people who are homeless. Those are the kind of people who can relate to Michael Oher experiences. The purpose of the movie is for the audience to know that there are other people out there in this world who has the same problem or even worse. While the purpose of the movie cover and trailers is to persuade people to watch the movie and tell others about it.
“3 Lessons I Learned from Michael “The Blindside” Oher.” BeckTek, URL/Link
The Blind Side. Directed by John Lee Hancock, performances by Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, and Lily Collins, 2009.