Film Analysis : A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind (Grazer, Howard, & Howard, 2001) is a film about the life of John Nash Jr. John Nash was a mathematician studying at Princeton University on a Carnegie Scholarship in 1947. The film portrays Nash’s academic journey, career, and personal life. As an adult, John Nash was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is classified as an emotional or behavioral low-incidence disorder disorder (Smith & Tyler, 2010, p. 234). According to Smith and Tyler, about 1% of the general population is diagnosed with schizophrenia by 18 years old (2010). According to Mental Health America, “someone with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary; may be unresponsive or withdrawn; and may have…show more content…
The most prevalent symptoms Nash experienced throughout A Beautiful Mind are hallucinations and delusions (Grazer et al., 2001). Hallucinations involve the five senses, most commonly “hearing imaginary voices that give commands or comments to the individual” (“Schizophrenia,” 2017), while delusions can make a person “believe that someone is spying on him or her” (“Schizophrenia,” 2017). Nash’s most common hallucinations include Charles Hurman, Marcee, and William Parcher. Nash believed that Charles was his roommate in Princeton, and the two became very good friends. Marcee is the niece of Charles, and Parcher works for the Department of Defense. Nash meets Parcher while working as a professor. Parcher offers Nash a confidential assignment which requires him to break codes in newspapers and magazines to protect the United States against war with the Russians. Through working with Parcher Nash experienced delusions. Nash believed soldiers were constantly following him and the Russian government was spying on him. For years, Nash was convinced that these people and his job as a code breaker were vital components of his life. The treatments shown in A Beautiful Mind are not entirely consistent with current practices. While giving a lecture at Harvard University for the National Mathematics Conference, Nash’s speech becomes disorganized because he thought he saw Parcher with soldiers coming to get him (Grazer et al., 2001). Nash begins running out of the conference,
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