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Movie Beautiful Mind Essay

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The film, “A Beautiful Mind”, directed by Ron Howard, is based on a true story about a mathematician who overcomes a dreadful mental disorder known as schizophrenia. The disability that the main character, John Nash, is faced with serves as a barrier when dealing with things in everyday life. Nash’s fortitude, intellect and determination help in overcoming his illness though. “A Beautiful Mind” depicts a message to society, concentrating specifically on how one defines reality and imagination. The film accurately depicts the day to day life of someone with schizophrenia because it shows the constant struggle between what is real and what is not and how normal social situations are handled. Throughout the film, John Nash eventually shows both of those traits while trying to conquer his illness. Director Ron Howard does an incredibly accurate job depicting the constant struggles that come with schizophrenia. The message that the film is trying to get across is truly inspiring.
The mental disorder, schizophrenia, makes it difficult for a person to differentiate between what is real and what is imagined. In an article called, “Everyday Struggles with Schizophrenia”, the author writes, “People with schizophrenia have trouble thinking clearly, display atypical emotional responses, and behave irrationally. They have difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality. They struggle with everyday emotions, relating to others, and managing their daily lives.” (Yoffee). It is remarkable that the schizophrenic main character, John Nash, has the ability to surpass his mental disorder with determination and perseverance. Nash states, “I still see things that are not here. I just choose not to acknowledge them. Like a diet of the mind I choose not to indulge certain appetites; like my appetite for patterns; perhaps my appetite to imagine and to dream.” (“A Beautiful Mind”). Nash’s disorder leads to him believing that he worked for a department of defense agent name William Parcher. The schizophrenia makes him also believe that William Parcher is a real person and in return he does everything that the man tells him to do. John Nash begins to face paranoia and causes for his behavior to take a turn for the worst. Nash also starts to lash out and become very ill-tempered due to the anxiety William brings to him. On top of imagining William Parcher, there are two other made-up characters, Marcee and Charles that were incorporated with his hallucinations. These symptoms directly relate to the way he handles social situations.
Schizophrenia also causes a person to have trouble dealing with normal social situations. As seen in the film, Nash begins to have trouble interacting properly with others. The film shows the struggle John has with social situations which in most cases schizophrenics do. In the film, Nash states, “Alicia, does our relationship warrant long-term commitment? I need some kind of proof, some kind of verifiable, empirical data.” (“A Beautiful Mind”)....

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