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Running head: STILL ALICE MOVIE
Still Alice Movie
The Still Alice film is based on a novel written by Lisa Genova. The film captures the life
of a woman, Alice Howland, who is suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease which has affected
her life adversely. The condition has made her experience memory loss. The film has included
various issues that Alice is going through as a result of the disease such as failing to remember
her daughter among others. The character of Alice has reflected on some of the aspects that have
been covered in class for the past seven weeks.
Key words: Alice Howland, Alzheimers disease, functionalism, symbolic interactions, ethics,
The Alice Howland character
Alice Howland is the main character in the Still Alive film. Her role in the film is
significant as it has captured some of the topics that have been covered in class for the past seven
The first aspect of Alice Howlands character that has been captured in the chapters that
have been covered so far in class is the issue of functionalism as indicated in section one.
Functionalism according to section one is viewed as the contributions that one makes towards the
survival and stability of the society. The life that Alice lives based on the film is one that is not
functioning well as demanded by the community. For instance, for her birthday which is a social
event, she fails to recognize some of the things she was is being told and shown. It shows how
the Alzheimer has rendered her socially dysfunctional. The theme of functionalism as
demonstrated by Alice has further been supported by Soom and Vosgerau (2015) who have
indicated that disease that affects the memory can influence the societal functions of an
individual such as their parenting roles which is shown in the film Alice fails to recognize her
The second topic for the chapters that have been captured by the character of Alice in the
film is the aspect of the symbolic interactions that have been included in chapter one of the book.
The concept of symbolic interactions according to chapter one is used to assess how there can be
changes in social communication as a result of various situations that people face in life. The
film shows the life of Alice slowly deteriorating to the point that she is not in a position to have a
meaningful communication with other people. In the movie, Alices situation has worsened a
point where she cannot communicate well and also she had memory issues whereby she forgot
most essential aspects of social communication. One instance that shows that she had forgotten
the social interaction concepts is when she forgot the name of the students parent who had just
visited her office. The issue of symbolic interaction and how it is affected by related mental
disorders has been captured by Norbury (2014) who reveals that some of the mental diseases that
affect the memory have significant impacts. They transform an individual by changing how one
communicates socially and in most of the cases they negatively affect the social communication
interactions that one engages with other people.
The third issue that has been covered in the chapters in the past seven weeks that is
evident in the character of Alice is the application of ethics when it comes to research. Chapter
two of the book indicates that there is a requirement for the consent of the patient whenever there
is research that is being done that involved people. In the film, Alice is considering to enroll for
the trial medicine that was being developed in line with helping people who have a similar
condition to hers. The trial was based on the patient consent that one had to give on their own
whether to be involved in the study or not. In the end, Alice refused to participate in research
experiment that yielded positive results in the end. Ethics and research have been elaborated by
Faden Beauchamp and Kass (2014) who have indicated that consent of an individual is
paramount before involving them in any activity that is related to research of a new drug.
Faden, R. R., Beauchamp, T. L., & Kass, N. E. (2014). Informed consent, comparative
effectiveness, and learning health care. N Engl J Med, 370(8), 766-768.
Norbury, C. F. (2014). Practitioner review: Social (pragmatic) communication disorder
conceptualization, evidence and clinical implications. Journal of Child Psychology and
Psychiatry, 55(3), 204-216.
Soom, P., & Vosgerau, G. (2015). A Functionalist Approach to the Concept of
Delusion. Proceedings of KogWis 2012, 105.
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