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Big Issues:                                            Make sure that you’re not talking about the same subject as another student; if you are, make… Continue Reading →

Does Nash’s Schizophrenia Help Him in A Beautiful Mind?

In the beginning of the film, I viewed Nash a socially awkward person who was highly intelligent. I didn’t know much about him and therefore as the film continued I was oblivious to his mental illness. Therefore, I viewed Charles,… Continue Reading →

How Does “A Beautiful Mind” Make us View Mental Illness

Since “A Beautiful Mind” is a movie about an individual with a disability, in this case paranoid schizophrenia, it will make the viewer see John in a certain type of way. In my opinion the purpose of the film is… Continue Reading →

Would the world become a better place if all of us had Williams Syndrome?

1 in 10,000 people worldwide has Williams Syndrome. It is a congenital condition characterized by medical problems, learning disabilities and developmental delays. Individuals with this condition, however, have shown outstanding verbal skills, highly social characteristics and extreme interest in music…. Continue Reading →

Our Media’s Unreliability

Our recent class discussions have focused on portrayal of disabled individuals in media such as films and books by authors and directors. One aspect that we discussed was that of ethically portraying a disability in films. We look at celebrated… Continue Reading →

William Syndrome and it’s Depiction in Everyday Life

Though at one point in history, the rights of those who were in the face of a disability were often overlooked due to the belief of their ‘inferiority’. Those with a disability were not seen to be humans of equal… Continue Reading →

A Beautiful Mind Leading Into A Pathography

A Beautiful Mind can be seen in part as both a pathography and a biography in a number of ways. As the film focusses on the progression of the life of John Nash we pathographically see the advancement of his… Continue Reading →

Questions about A Beautiful Mind’s Portrayal of Depiction of Disability from Class

What does the movie make us feel toward him? Does it allow us to empathize with him? Is A Beautiful Mind a biography or a pathography? Is Nash defined apart from his disability? There are different ways that the movie veers from… Continue Reading →

Couser’s criticism of Sacks’ work

The article written by G. Thomas Couser that examines Oliver Sacks’ works was very fascinating to me. At first when I watched the documentary clip, I found myself very curious about the lives of people living with Williams syndrome and… Continue Reading →

Ethical Representation in Literature and Anthropology

Throughout our class discussion on the ethical responsibilities of proper representation for disabled people in literature and film, I noticed that many of the concepts overlapped with what I learned in my Cultural Anthropology course. The similarities occur in both… Continue Reading →

Freak Shows: The Past vs. The Present

Although we may not think of them as freaks, there are still people that make profit off of other’s disabilities. However, unlike the past we do not have to go to a ‘Freak Show,’ or the circus; we can watch… Continue Reading →

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