Alicia and Annie Sorell

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  • Family Support Vs. Psychiatric Care

    In John’s final speech, he says to Alicia that “I 'm only here tonight because of you. You are the reason I am. You are all my reasons” (A Beautiful Mind). He goes on to say that it is Alicia who leads to the “most important discovery of [his] career, the most important discovery of [his] life: It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reason can be found” (A Beautiful Mind). Without Alicia, it would be impossible for John to win the Nobel Prize. John expresses his great gratitude for his wife who serves as a silent support behind him. John’s mental condition also improves under Alicia’s care. When one of his hallucinated characters, Parcher, asks John “Who’s to say that we are not real?” John says “I am. You are the one who is not real” (A Beautiful Mind). John’s reactions illustrate that he is now able to tell the difference between reality and illusion. When Alicia worries about his hallucinations, John says “I’ve gotten used to ignoring them. And I think, as a result, they’ve kind of given up on me”(A Beautiful Mind). It is Alicia who helps John to take the initiative to disregard people living in his imaginary world and to live his life without their presence by worrying about his situation and giving him consolation. His mental ability already recovers to the extent of being able to make the right choice to focus his attention solely on what exists. The strong support from Alicia allows the genius to devote his…

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