One of the most productive and prosperous nations of the world is the United States of America. From an economical stand point, there has been an incredible amount of success for this country and an expected many more to come. However, there have also been economical stresses such as wars, recessions, and depressions. The Great Depression was perhaps the most tragic of these. William Carlos Williams connects his experience of the Great Depression through his short story “The Use of Force”.
William Carlos Williams during his lifetime (1883-1963) prospered not only in the medical field as a doctor for over 40 years, but also became a well known author and poet. He is known for his unique way of writing and for his strong imagist, anti-romanticist way of thinking. His writing style was “uncluttered” and had “functional phrasing”. Although he was of foreign decent, he took great pride in being of American nationality. He was a zealot for the U.S.A and felt that as an American, he was very privileged and fortunate. However, he was raised in the time of The Great Depression and saw firsthand the affliction a tumbling economy in a great nation can form.
The Great Depression has been the most terrible depression America has had to overcome so far. From 1929 to 1939 the employment rate and GDP dropped drastically. It was harder to provide for families and many people had to live in makeshift homes and ration out what little food they had. Such a tragic time influenced authors to write about the adversities the era caused and the feelings of those who went through it. William Carlos Williams was one of these authors. He had experienced it so he could easily incorporate it into His plot for one of his well known short stories “The Use of Force”.
William Carlos Williams wrote “The Use of Force” in 1938. In the “The Use of Force” a doctor of the Great Depression (also the narrator) makes a house call to diagnose a little girl with worried parents and an ongoing fever. When the girl becomes defiant the doctor goes to violent measures. The main conflict of the story is the girl’s defiance because her life is at stake. The doctor fears that the girl might have Diphtheria, a common disease during the Great Depression that is fatal and contagious. He shows heroic characteristics by persevering through his throat culture process despite the defiance of the girl and her parents harping. The doctor was beginning to be annoyed by the parents because he was there to help the ill fated child not by any means to let her have her way. ”For heaven’s sake, I broke in. Don’t call me a nice man to her.” Other minor conflicts include the parents being distrusting of the doctor and in themselves to provide effective help...