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Essay on Schizophrenia

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Essay on Schizophrenia

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“A Beautiful Mind” versus “Proof”

“Imagine if you suddenly learned that the people, the places, the moments most important to you were not gone, not dead, but worse, had never been. What kind of hell would that be?” (Dr. Rosen, filminsight.net). Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes like hallucinations, delusions or disorganized speech and thinking. In the movie “A Beautiful Mind” there is a clear outline of the progression of the disease, the impact and the effects on John Nash whereas in “Proof” the main focus is on Catherine’s story of love and relationship. Both the movies “Proof” and “A Beautiful Mind” portray the symptoms of schizophrenia. “A Beautiful Mind” centers around the character of John Nash’s downward spiral from a genius to mentally disabled and the acting, setting and storyline of the movie.

In my opinion, the storyline of the movie “A Beautiful Mind” was much better than “Proof”. Throughout the movie “A Beautiful Mind” we saw the signs of schizophrenia in John Nash from having hallucinations that included his roommate Charles, Charles's niece Marcy, and government of defense supervisor William Parcher. His delusions led him to believe he was more than a professor, he believed he was a spy and could break codes by review of specific magazines and newspapers. Compared to “A Beautiful Mind”, “Proof” also shows signs of schizophrenia such as Catherine’s conversation with her dad as if he was physically present. But some scenes in the movie where Catherine woke up from the conversation with her dad making it seem like a dream and the idea of schizophrenia was destroyed at many points. Besides that, only a few types of schizophrenic diseases were expressed. In contrast, the plot of “A Beautiful Mind” shows the symptoms of schizophrenia better than “Proof”.

Also the acting in “A Beautiful Mind” was well done by Russell Crowe even though it must have been a hard role. Russell...