A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

by

Sylvia Nasar

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Amasa Forrester Character Analysis

Forrester and John Nash meet as graduate students at Princeton, later reuniting at a summer institute at the University of Washington in 1956. Forrester, like Nash, is eccentric, sharing Nash’s “predilection for insult and one-upmanship.” However, he is also “exceptionally sweet” and empathetic, qualities that may have drawn him to the troubled Nash. He is also openly homosexual, and it is likely that Nash and Forrester had a short affair while Nash was in Washington.
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Amasa Forrester Character Timeline in A Beautiful Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Amasa Forrester appears in A Beautiful Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 28 – Seattle
Love, Desire, and the Impact of Hidden Lives Theme Icon
Amasa Forrester , who had been a first-year graduate student at Princeton during Nash’s final PhD year,... (full context)
Chapter 43 – Solitude
Mental Illness, Recovery, and the Quest for Knowledge Theme Icon
...Square in a daze. In early 1967, he visits a cousin in San Francisco and Amasa Forrester in Seattle; he returns to Cambridge later that year very ill and leaves for Virginia... (full context)