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The Use Of Force, By William Carlos Williams

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The Use of Force is a short story by William Carlos Williams that is very powerful and leaves the readers with an ethical dilemma. The following social issues can be debated on it: Can physical for good purpose be justified?, What compels the use of force isn’t simply altruism, difference of two separating two different tasks, a dark side persists in every individual, parents concern for their children, use of force as sympathy care for a patient.
The greatest question the story presents is if using force for a good cause is justified. William Carlos was a doctor in real life and so the story presents a situation that can be looked by a different perspective by different individuals. The story shows a combat between the doctor and the patient; the patient is reluctant to open her throat for check up before the doctor. Their combat became verbal, in fact brutal by end. However, the doctor justifies his act by naming it his medical obligation. He says, “But I’ve seen two children lying dead the week of diphtheria because of neglect, I was not about to let that happen so it was diagnosed now or never.” He is right, but the brutality that was caused can never be justified by such.
The doctor emerges as sympathetic and keen to human behavior, which is the characteristic that we all know about a good doctor. However, he appears prejudiced and undeniably blunt. The writer’s selection to use interior monologue as reflects his understanding about conversation and gives an insight into the characters of some of his patients, and his assessment of his experiences. The writer uses pathos to depict the parents as cooperative yet distrustful and nervous, which the doctor finds obstructive. However, his respect for the parents changes since they avert to cajoling the girl after his initial efforts fail. The doctor well knows that it would take more than soothing the girl to go ahead yet the parents still insist on sweet-talking their daughter. Their comments only serve to do nothing but hamper the doctor from doing what he is required to do. This is well portrayed by their comments, which also reveal the speakers internal thoughts about the couple. For instance, the mother says, “do you think she can stand it, doctor?” (Williams, 1984) in this sentence, the writer demonstrates the use of logos while trying to appeal to the reader how nagging the parents were.
From the story, William depicts the difficulties that people have towards separating their emotions and standards. The doctor’s behavior towards the girl and the young patient’s reaction emphasizes the subject of this discussion. However, the use of ethos, the narrator portrays his character as a credible doctor in the story. The character of both the patient and the doctor reveal a plausible issue comparable in real life. During this period there is and epidemic of diphtheria, which worsens the situation forcing the doctor to take aggressive measures in treating his patient. Revealed through his words,...

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