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What does it mean to be human This is a question that has occupied the minds of people for centuries Human beings are complex creatures and trying to understand the experiences in human life that make up the human condition can be very baffling The film A Beautiful Mind directed by Ron Howard is a life story of a brilliant mathematician John Nash and his struggle with schizophrenia This film helps us to learn about the human condition through the portrayal of the characters and the film techniques involved in doing so One of the key ideas of the film is the notion of belonging It can be seen through the character of John Nash that having a sense of community is not just a desire but a need And when we dont have it we try to create it In the early stages of the film we see John looking out of his window watching everyone else socializing outside We see these people through a long camera shot which distances John from the others implying that he is an outsider and is disconnected This is also where his delusional roommate Charles comes in Johns creation of Charles is a display of desperate need for a friend to fill in the void he was missing in reality John also longed for someone that would include him and praise him His delusional character William Parcher did exactly that He invited him into a top secret mission and called him the best natural code breaker We meet these delusional characters through Johns point of view and this perspective draws the audience so deeply into his personal experiences that along with John we too feel the desperate need of a sense of belonging In the next scene John is deeply contemplating the patterns in everyday objects something that the average person would not do While he does this special visual effects are used to make
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