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A Psychological Approach Of Force In “The Use Of Force” By William Carlos Williams

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“The Use of Force” by William Carlos Williams is a confrontation between a doctor and his young patient. The story is narrated by the doctor. The doctor use of force with his young patient sparks a question whether the doctor is the protagonist or an antagonist or both. We will examine the story as we look at the psychological approach of the doctor and, Mathilda, the sick patient.
The biggest conflict of this story is that the doctor needs to check the patient, which is a little girl, but the patient will not let him. The Doctor seems to be ordinary and doing an ordinary duty, he comes checkups on the sick patient. But, we know that there is more to the story because his thoughts. Before we ...view middle of the document...

” (628-631) He knows the parents are poor and can’t afford a hospital so, they will agree to force open their daughter mouth. He takes advantage of the situation. It is not what doctors do. He is not just enjoying the fight of the child; I believe he loves it. The doctor does get the young girls mouth open and she does has the disease. In the end, he seems to be reasoning with himself of overpowering a child. I reflect he was reassuring himself that he did it for the sake of society that he did do the right thing. It is puzzling because he does genuinely care about the child. “But I have seen at least two children lying dead in bed of neglect in such cases, and feeling that I must get a diagnosis now or never I went at it again.” (628-631) He does care about a patient in need and that just ironic.
To be candid, the doctor is in dilemma if he leaves the girl alone he will not be able to check if she has Diphtheria and she may possibly die. If he continues he will have to use some kind of method to get her mouth. It not the method we in the modern day would take. He will have to resort to measures that are socially and morally unacceptable and even cruel. Although it seems...

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