If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Change

Topics: Ron Howard, Chocolat, A Beautiful Mind Pages: 3 (1159 words) Published: May 7, 2013
‘If there is No Struggle, There is No Change’ – Brendan Celi Change is usually a struggle against every fibre of our being. We are resistant to change because it makes us feel uncomfortable; and no one enjoys discomfort. Change is really the only thing we will ever experience on a regular basis. So, while our struggles with change may seem burdensome, we must accept and learn from them. Both Ron Howard in his movie ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and Joanne Harris in her novel ‘Chocolat’ expose the resistance to change through characters that need to make a transformation to enhance their lives, gain social acceptance or respect. The film ‘A Beautiful Mind’ by Director Ron Howard is a biographical drama based on the life of John Nash a Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, who conquered psychological change to gain the respect of society whilst battling schizophrenia. Therefore, the struggle of change however uncomfortable needs to be embraced to enable us to make a difference in life. To facilitate a change in one’s life we must step out of our comfort zone and face situations that we are not familiar with. It would be easy for all of us to maintain calmness in our thoughts and feelings but in order to create change we must find strength and courage to conquer our fears of what is foreign to us. Ron Howard depicts the inner conflict of his central character, John Nash, with a turning point in the film when Nash realises that he must try ignoring imaginary friends, Charles, Marcee and Parcher, which proves a real struggle as these are the only real friends that he has known for many years. Nash’s psychiatrist ‘Dr. Rosen’ explains Nash’s angst “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?”John’s adoring wife Alicia developed a convincing and comforting tone toward John in support of his decision – ‘Alicia suggests he try again’. John’s lack of...
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