A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

by

Sylvia Nasar

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Bricker is a first-year graduate student at MIT when John Nash becomes an instructor there, a “self-deprecating” yet engaging, “undeniably bright” student who becomes fast friends with Nash. Nash and Bricker make “no secret of their affection” for each other, often kissing in front of other people; Nash would later describe his relationship with Bricker as one of three “special friendships” he had had in his life. Bricker and Nash’s relationship becomes troubled when Nash reveals that Eleanor Stier is pregnant with his child; Nash also behaves erratically and jealously around Bricker, and in the late 1960s, after the onset of his mental illness, Nash begins to send Bricker “disturbing” letters. Nasar suggests that the strain of his relationship with Nash causes Bricker to drop out of graduate school.
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Jack Bricker Character Timeline in A Beautiful Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Jack Bricker appears in A Beautiful Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 24 – Jack
Love, Desire, and the Impact of Hidden Lives Theme Icon
Nash meets Jack Bricker in 1952 in the MIT common room. Bricker is a first-year graduate student from New... (full context)
Mental Illness, Recovery, and the Quest for Knowledge Theme Icon
Love, Desire, and the Impact of Hidden Lives Theme Icon
By falling in love with Bricker, Nash realizes that he is “no longer a thinking machine whose sole joys were cerebral”:... (full context)
Genius, Morality, and Relationships Theme Icon
Bricker and Nash’s relationship quickly grows troubled. Later, Bricker would recall that Nash could be “beautifully... (full context)
Chapter 28 – Seattle
Genius, Morality, and Relationships Theme Icon
...learns that Eleanor has hired a lawyer; she wants regular child support payments from Nash. Bricker tries to convince Nash to pay Eleanor, and to his surprise, Nash relents. (full context)