A Beautiful Mind
The film revolves around John Forbes Nash, a dazzling mathematician who agonizes from paranoid schizophrenia. It is founded on a factual story of a prodigy mathematician played by Russel Crowe. We see John commencing his career as the movie starts at the Princeton University. He is portrayed as a mathematic graduate student and prominently known for his intellect. He is painted as a conceited, obstinate socially-inept student of mathematics spending a greater proportion of his time in concerted efforts to discover a groundbreaking mathematics equation.
As the film unfolds, we discover that half of the situations and places happening in the movie are merely illusions within Russel’s beautiful mind. Accordingly, his schizophrenic misery is revealed at this point as he develops an imaginary character, Charles Herman, a roommate and English Literature student in his mind. Schizophrenia is regarded as the ‘split mind’ since it showcases a split from reality that depicts itself in disorganized thinking, disturbed perceptions alongside inappropriate emotions and action as showcased by Russel.
The symptoms shown by Russel included delusions and hallucination which are both diagnostic symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. He is preoccupied with hallucinations and delusions accompanied by persecutions and grandiosity in the film. We see the kinds of treatment Nash is subjected to as a perfect match to real patient of schizophrenia as he enters a world of imagination when he comes in contact with Parcher. He again creates Parcher in his mind and when he locates and stop the Russian nuclear bomb, we get another situational creation in his mind. He also depicts paranoid in classroom as he perceives males outdoor pestering him.
To sum up, the movie is clear depiction of the untold sufferings that schizophrenic patients undergo in terms of both therapy and symptoms. I think it would be challenging to live with this mental illness due to its preoccupation based on hallucinations and delusions and being trapped in world of imagination.