Theme Of Schizophrenia In A Beautiful Mind

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What is real, what is not? The film A Beautiful Mind continuously had me repeating this question. This is the struggle and frustration of one with schizophrenia. Many films depict schizophrenics as sociopaths or extremely violent, but A Beautiful Mind does not. It is inspired by the life of nobel prize winner and Princeton mathematician John Forbes Nash. Therefore, it was grounded in someone’s actual experiences which made the portrayal informative and realistic. Although, John Nash’s experience with schizophrenia in the film is not singularly what people with schizophrenia face since some may have certain symptoms over others. Overall, it accurately portrays what it would be like to live with the disorder for many.
In the beginning of the
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A theme of grandiosity is present with the hallucination of Parcher, a department of defense agent who he had met and wanted John to crack codes for the government. He takes this one instance in real life and goes into a psychotic episode. He has experiences with Parcher that he believes to be real, and even drops off packages at a decrepit house that to him does not look so. In relation to the prior, he also has paranoid ideations, delusional thinking, and a distorted perception of …show more content…
When John initially started taking it, he was not able to do his work, which had been of utmost importance to him. It reminded me of bipolar disorder, and how one might not want to take mediation in order to keep the mania.
Also, not everyone with schizophrenia can fully recover from the disorder, and the film showcased an instance where it was possible. His financial status and relationship with his wife were key factors in him being able to recover. He was able to be hospitalized, and helped because of the few interpersonal relationships he was able to retain and the ability to afford medication to lessen the intensity of his symptoms.
In sum, A Beautiful Mind is informative in its depiction of the experience of people with schizophrenia and how it affects people around them. The lens flares and odd camera angles used in the very beginning of the film and the juxtaposition of John’s hallucinations and the reality throughout the rest of the film illustrate John’s idiosyncratic reality. As the audience, one is able to walk through John’s experience as it happens to

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