A Stunning Mind Chapters 43-46 Analysis
In a familiar pattern, on his release from the clinic, Nash at first appears to be succeeding, beginning with his research study and catching up with Eleanor and his separated son. However, this does not last and he becomes ill yet once again. His extreme fixation over codes, patterns, and messages becomes more popular as he chooses that there are “magic numbers, harmful numbers” (320 ). He ends up being so manic that he can barely stop talking and yet, highlighting the isolation his illness produces, he is not “able to interact any more” (319) or convey his ideas and insights to others.
The fact that Nash preserves an “paradoxical awareness that his insights [are] essentially personal, special to himself” (325) should make this isolation much more severe. Mirroring his earlier working approaches, Nash invests much of his time “wander [ing] around town whistling” or “just pac [ing] round and round the home” (323 ), the severity of his disease again suggested by his physical appearance and his “sleepwalker’s gait and fixed faraway expression” (324 ). After Nash is dedicated and launched yet once again, his physical appearance as the gaunt “Phantom” is again utilized to communicate his poor psychological health and isolation.
However, Nash’s time as the Phantom haunting the passages of Princeton is, in numerous respects, a favorable, supporting period. Nash lastly gets his autonomy back within the safe world of academia. This permits him to begin trying to interact more, leaving messages on blackboards in lecture theatres. In many respects, the connections between Nash’s “outrageous” and “sane” working habits appear as a bridge back from total isolation. He goes back to his old thinking routines, walking the corridors day and night, and he starts utilizing his fixation with secret codes to attempt and discover additional meaning and communicate messages to others.
Gradually, he learns to “to express himself, without fearing that someone [will] shut him up or fill him up with medication” (335 ). Nash even manages to reestablish some type of relationship with Alicia, moving in with her as a “boarder” (342 ), and developing a bond with his boy Johnny. After some time, however, Johnny starts revealing the very same signs as Nash, and Alicia is forced to have him committed for schizophrenia too. The treatment seems to be effective and, when his symptoms are mostly workable, Johnny research studies for and receives his PhD in Mathematics from Rutgers University.