I could not help but agree with Lisa Geneva in her “ Still Alice” on her approach to theory, especially as she did not only layout the psycho-behavioral symptoms of the disease but also gave a professional and medical explanation to some of these symptoms. Genova explains “ The cognitive deficits – the symptoms of dementia – occur before the form of the plague before the neurons die. In the brain of someone with Alzheimer's, there is too much of soluble protein called amyloid-beta 42” (Genova 62). Another important aspect of the book is that it is very consistent with the existing theory about Alzheimer's disease, especially those that relate to the psychology of the disease.
It is not surprising that the writer treats issues such as suicide as a crucial theme in the book to reflect the outcome of Alice’ s psychological reaction to the disease. For example, it is explained in the literature that even though causes of cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's is well understood, behavioral and psychological symptoms, otherwise known as BPSD are not well established in terms of causes, even though acts such as agitation and aggression can be associated with BPSD (Colman 223). At the point where Alice was contemplating following the instructions in the butterfly file as a suicide file, she was at a crossroads of explaining what her quality of life would be like, even though the more she sought to find answers, the more she seemed to lose the battle.
This part of the book was a major plus for the writer who combines the literary device of imagery with the realistic psychological touch of the issue at hand in the book.
This is because it was noted that the suicide file was named the butterfly file with the picture of a butterfly at the back to depict the life of the butterfly, which was the embodiment of the beautiful blue art nouveau necklace her mother gave her to her when she was only a little girl. Just as she complained in her childhood, the butterfly was a beautiful creature that had a very short lifespan.
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