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How does John Nash change in the movie A Beautiful Mind?In the early scenes, Nash is a...

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alexb0274 | Honors

Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM via web

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How does John Nash change in the movie A Beautiful Mind?

In the early scenes, Nash is a scornful outsider, who is arrogant. He desribes his fellow class mates as "lesser mortals". But in later scenes he becomes more involved in society and describes his students as "eager young minds".

Why does his attitude change from the beginning and end?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM (Answer #1)

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Nash changes in the film by being able to allow others into his world.  It starts with Alicia, in terms of telling her about his struggles with schizophrenia.  In allowing her to be a part of his struggle, Nash shows that "a beautiful mind" is one that brings others in and does not seek to keep them out.  At the start of the film, Nash used his intelligence and brilliance to keep others away from him.  His teaching was something that he saw as secondary to his work, confirmed with statements to his students such as "Your comfort is secondary to my ability to hear my own voice."  Yet, once he is able to let Alicia enter his world, he is able to do the same to others.  In bringing others in such as students and colleagues, Nash is able to share his genius with others.  In doing so, Nash demonstrates how the true beauty of a mind is when it seeks to maintain the social order of the world.  Nash's work and his ability to include others resides in the basic idea that human beings are better when they bring others into their world.  Nash does this with Alicia on a personal level.  He then does this with his students, recognizing that his work is the ability to teach and learn from others.  In this, Nash changes, enabling him to make a personal struggle something that apparently is able to be overcome with the help and support of others.

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