Howard Hughes was an aviation visionary, industrialist, engineer, film producer, film director, and one of the richest people in the world. He liked everything to be perfect and his ideas were beyond any other technologies at that time. He inherited a large amount of money after the death of his parents and spent a large sum of the money making his controversial film “Hell’s Angels.” Howard Hughes suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive disorder which played a huge effect in his success.
Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is a disorder that plagues patients “with reoccurring obsession and/or compulsions,” often times with both. These obsessions unfold in ways such as thoughts, images, fears, impulses, or doubts. The obsessions come and go on their own, patients may be able to identify them coming but are unable to cope with them and undergo extreme anxiety, but once they give into their obsession the feel a sense of calm. These patients are constantly facing their obsessions and feel the need to repetitively touch, count, wash, speak or have everything perfectly aligned. Howard Hughes suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive disorder and “The Aviator” vividly depicted the disorder. When Hughes was a little boy his mother was in the bathroom washing him over and over and told him “You are not safe.” Hughes then at the sight of anything dirty he would go into the bathroom and repetitively wash his hands. He would not touch the doorknob, or use the soap in the bathroom. He would not use the same towel. He was constantly worried about germs. When he plane was not perfectly aligned he was them remake it. He perfected “Hells Angels” by re-filming the dogfight himself, redoing the flying plane scenes and finally after the movie was finished he remade the movie because there was no sound; and sound was the new technology. He also while at dinner would have 12 peas perfectly aligned and when his friend at dinner took a pea Hughes was so overwhelmed that he was not able...
Cited: The Aviator. Dir. Martin Scorese. Leonardo Dicaprio. 2004.Warner Bros Picture and Miramax.
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