Having heard this the doctor asks a legitimate question: “What was it like towards the end? ”. Alice finds the word very quickly and the word is incoherent. In spite of the fact that she and her father were struggling with completely different diseases the end for them was the same: they turned into individuals who were incoherent. Nevertheless, the cause of this tragedy is not the same: Alice’s father was an alcoholic and is practically responsible for his condition while his daughter is just a victim. This might be regarded as an element of foreshadowing that the directors used to show was Alice will be like towards the end of the movie. Denial – the first stage of grief There is no doubt that being diagnosed with Alzheimers disease is a traumatic experience for a person.
That is why it is logical that the main character would show signs of the behavior which is witnessed when people are trying to cope with something extraordinary. Thus, at first Alice denies that she has a problem. Indeed, she sees the neurologist secretly and she does not tell about the outcome of her interviews anyone.
She probably thinks that by doing so, she is able to prove that there is nothing to be worried about. In addition to that she does not want her relatively to worry about her. The denial is even stronger when the doctor asks her to bring a relative with her for the next visit. Alice refuses to do so and the doctor insists. Therefore, the main character tries to protect her family from the ugly truth that she will inevitable have to face no matter how hard she tries to hide it. The disease is almost revealed There is a peculiar time in the film when Alice acknowledges that she has a problem, but still conceals it.
She does her best to train her brain (for example, writes some words on the chalk board and remembers them) or uses technology to conceal that she forgets something. One evening her husband and she are talking and the former asks her a question, but Alice casually answers that she does not remember. She does it while washing a dish, hoping that the husband does not notice it.
The audience also does not want the other people to know that Alice starts forgetting simple things; so, the next question that her husband asks is really disturbing. While watching his wife washing the same dish again and again, he exclaims: “How long are you going to keep up that thing? ” It is obvious that Alice thinks that her acting is reveals and she will have to answer about her disease, but, surprisingly enough, the question was simply about the dish.
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