A Beautiful Mind with an Ugly Mental Disorder
Nazila R. Salamkhail
Virginia Commonwealth University
The movie “A Beautiful Mind” is a fascinating movie. Although, I am not a movie watcher, it drew my full attention as soon as I started playing it. It displays the character of a great mathematician John Nash who is struggling with schizophrenia during his college period, and it continues until later in his life. It shows how this disease affects a person’s social and academic life. It is a kind of old movie, showing life of a Princeton University student in late 1940s and 1950s. It traces the main character’s life for more than twenty years. In this movie, one sees that people with mental disorders can attain the greatest achievements. It is full of emotional scenes with lots of ups and downs. The movie shows the role a dedicated woman in a great mathematician’s life who is struggling with schizophrenia.
Johns Nash, the main character in the movie suffers from schizophrenia. He has an imaginary friend, Charles, who has a beautiful young niece that also talks to John. In his imaginations, John, also, works for government through an agent in order to display Soviet codes. He thinks the psychiatrist who is assigned to treat him, is a Russian agent. John sees his imaginary people and friends so real that it is hard for him not to believe they don’t exist. Until he realizes that his friend never gets older, and the niece never grows up. Then he decides to ignore them, which is hard, but it works for him through the end of the movie. John has a strange personality. He cannot accept losses. He wants to be the winner all the time, which results him succeed along through the end of his life. He has a kind of missed up social life. His behavior towards women is unusual. He dose not know how to start dating a woman. Everything he does makes...
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