A Beautiful Mind Essay

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Mackey finally could contain himself no longer. His voice was slightly querulous, but he strained to be gentle. "How could you, " began Mackey, "how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof... how could you believe that you are being recruited by aliens from outer space to save the world? How could you ... ? "

Nash looked up at last and fixed Mackey and with an unblinking stare as cool and dispassionate as that of any bird or snake. "Because, " Nash said slowly in his soft, reasonable southern drawl, as if talking to himself "the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way that my mathematical ideas did. So I took them seriously" (Nasar 11).

John Forbes Nash Jr. is recognized as one
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John Nash + Ron Howard = Charismatic and Heroic Nash

Howard had the challenging task of converting Nash's hectic life to film. He also had to bear in mind that for most movies to work, there needs to be some sort of a connection between the audience and the main character. I feel that movies are usually more successful when the audience has someone to cheer for. It works out even better if the good guy ends up winning at the end of the movie. Justice must be fulfilled in order to create a sense of completeness. This is the formula for success in a Hollywood blockbuster. Can you name a popular movie where the hero dies at the end without accomplishing anything? In every successful movie, order is restored in the universe. Movies such as Independence Day, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and Star Wars all have "happy endings." I've had people tell me that the highly successful film Braveheart had a very sad ending since the main character was ultimately tortured and beheaded. However, justice was still gained in this movie because the goals of the protagonist were ultimately fulfilled. This is not an idea that Howard is oblivious to. He realized that in order to create a hit movie, a good director must create a movie that appeals to the audience by allowing the audience to feel content and pleased with the ending

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