A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

by

Sylvia Nasar

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John Charles Martin Nash (Johnny) Character Analysis

John Charles Martin Nash, known as “Johnny,” is the son of John Nash and Alicia Larde, born in 1959. Though Johnny has a more stable childhood than his half-brother, John David Stier, and is an “excellent student” as a teenager, he begins to experience delusions and hear voices during high school. He is eventually hospitalized at the Carrier Clinic, where his father had also been hospitalized and, like his father, is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Despite Johnny’s mental illness, he demonstrates remarkable talents in math (also like his father), and completes a PhD in the subject at Rutgers University. However, he is never well enough to live on his own. At the time that A Beautiful Mind is published, Johnny, Alicia, and Nash are living together in Princeton. Throughout A Beautiful Mind, Nash expresses guilt at the fact that his son suffers from the same illness as him, and he describes his experiences with Johnny as both heart-wrenching and rewarding, as life with Johnny both “draws Nash and Alicia together and tears them apart.”

John Charles Martin Nash (Johnny) Quotes in A Beautiful Mind

The A Beautiful Mind quotes below are all either spoken by John Charles Martin Nash (Johnny) or refer to John Charles Martin Nash (Johnny) . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of A Beautiful Mind published in 1998.
Chapter 50 Quotes

It is a life resumed, but time did not stand still while Nash was dreaming. Like Rip Van Winkle, Odysseus, and countless fictional space travelers, he wakes to find that the world he left behind has moved on in his absence. The brilliant young men that were are retiring or dying. The children are middle-aged. The slender beauty, his wife, is now a mature woman in her sixties. And there is his own seventieth birthday fast approaching. […] The Nobel cannot restore what has been lost.

Page Number: 381
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John Charles Martin Nash (Johnny) Character Timeline in A Beautiful Mind

The timeline below shows where the character John Charles Martin Nash (Johnny) appears in A Beautiful Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 38 – Citoyen du Monde
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...Alicia’s son is christened Washington, D.C., without his parents present; Alicia decides to name him John Charles Martin Nash . (full context)
Chapter 39 – Absolute Zero
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...and Alicia finds a job near Princeton and rents an apartment for her, Nash, and John Charles to share. At first, Princeton offers a “respite” from the anxiety Alicia had faced in... (full context)
Chapter 41 – An Interlude of Enforced Rationality
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...May 1963, the divorce is granted without a trial, and Alicia is awarded custody of John Charles . (full context)
Chapter 46 – A Quiet Life
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...afterward; she moved into a small house with her mother and son, now known as “Johnny,” in Princeton Junction, a township near the Princeton campus. (full context)
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...manages to get a job at Con Edison in New York City, and she enrolls Johnny in private school, where he excels as a student. Later, though, Johnny begins to exhibit... (full context)
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In 1977, John David Stier comes to visit Nash in Princeton; the following year, Johnny goes to Boston to visit Eleanor and John David. John Stier and Nash do not... (full context)
Chapter 50 – Reawakening
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...speaks with his sister Martha once a week, and he takes care of his son Johnny, who was hospitalized for a psychotic break shortly before the Nobel announcement. Johnny has lived... (full context)
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...types of therapy for schizophrenia might be invented, and he experiences moments of joy with Johnny and Alicia. Alicia is still fond of taking care of Nash, and Nash defers to... (full context)
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...as a father, but he also criticizes Stier’s profession and calls him “less intelligent” than Johnny, sparking still more tensions between them. Nash’s immediate future is uncertain: his remission seems to... (full context)