Mental Illness In John Geniu's A Beautiful Mind

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Plot is not the only formulaic approach used in Hollywood. Characterizing the genius, is yet another method of creating a sympathetic portrayal. “The geniuses in these films often have childlike qualities, but are gifted with incredible talents that allow them to create with seemingly no effort though these geniuses are continually on the edge of being driven into madness.” Childlike mannerisms, temper tantrums, social ineptitude, or devotion bordering on obsession - those are only some of the stereotypes that one can see in most of the movies dedicated to great minds. This may be a reference to the mental illness that often plague those who are considered to be great or remarkable.
As stated by Christine Hsu in her article, “[g]enius and insanity may actually go together, according to scientists who found that mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are often found in highly creative and intelligent people.” No
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It is very important to note that Nash looks nothing like Crowe – strong, masculine, and intimidating – instead the audience gets an impression that he is lost in the crowd among other intellectuals. Viewers see it in the introductory scene, where he sits away from the group and plays with his hands. His posture is closed off, his back hunched, and when in doubt he keeps fiddling with his hands or scratching his forehead. He tends to stumble around, not really knowing what to do with himself and the only time he is at peace is when he is working. Yet, it is the scene at the hospital that truly showcases his talent and fits the description of Bailey about physical leading performance. After diagnosis Nash undergoes schizophrenia treatment, which consists of insulin shock therapy. He is confined to the bed and after injection he begins convulsing uncontrollably. One cannot help but feel empathy towards Nash and his

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