At this point, the visit ceases to be about any professional evaluation of the little girl. Before an officer is engaged in the usage of force; he or she must assess whether the objective can be accomplished without the use of a weapon. Maybe she knows of how beautiful she is and feels as if she is too good to be forced to do anything. So far the progression of the doctor has been through the classical modes of appeal. Now she feels that she is defeated and is more furious. She has fought bravely to keep it secret and she has been lying to her parents for three days because she does not like to be examined by a doctor.
Mathilda was the young girl that was sick. The setting isn't very important to the story, and it doesn't influence the character's choices or actions. Moreover, the child must be protected, although she is stupid. This blog posts thoughts, reactions, associations, and musings to selected readings for the course. The greatest question the story presents is if using force for a good cause is justified. But if the same force is used for a right purpose, it can be justified. She claws at his eyes and things get rapidly worse as he tries to carry out a physical examination of her.
I feel that his personality is brought out in the doctor. This conveys inner the inner thoughts of the narrator as the doctor. Since no medicine worked, her parents called the doctor. She couldn't stop the doctor from opening her mouth. If the parents take the risk he will not examine her throat.
They were the flat type of characters because they were the expected, caring, shy, parents. They are both told that they are under arrest and the officer begins to place handcuffs on them. Level One The Use of Force is about a girl who may have Diphtheria, but refuses to open her mouth to let the doctor look at her throat. Or perhaps she is embarrased and doesn't want to tell anyone how she got the sickness. The overall theme of the story revolves around power and submission, and the doctor's unnerved feeling during the forceful encounter.
They reply that their child says her throat does not hurt her. Although police officers are entrusted with the authority to use coercive force Bittner, 1973 , such necessity is very rare. In conclusion, The Use of Force was well written by Williams. She says that they are killing her. I loved both of their translations so I challenged myself to try to find a happy medium between the two. These policies and procedures go into great detail to inform officers when the use of force is necessary and how much force is needed. While the doctor is conducting the examination for the child's sake, he is also inflicting pain on her for his sake.
The father tried his best, and he was a big man but the fact that she was his daughter, his shame at her behavior and his dread of hurting her made him release her just at the critical times when I had almost achieved success, till I wanted to kill him. You're old enough to understand what I'm saying. But the child does not allow him to look at her throat. The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams: Summary and Analysis The story The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams shows a conflict between the doctor and a determined child patient who has been suffering from fever for three days. On the other hand, cooperation not only eases the process for both parties, it saves time and shows a more educated manner. One goes on to the end. The narrator of this story is a doctor who is called to check a new patient Mathilda by her mother Mrs.
Get me a smooth-handled spoon of some sort, I told the mother. He seemed to have deep regard about the child's health. The story is rendered from the subjective point of view of the doctor and explores both his admiration for the child and disgust with the parents, and his guilty enjoyment of forcefully subduing the stubborn child in an attempt to acquire the throat sample. 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 truth is, there's no way to know for sure. I can easily relate to this story on Mathildas behalf because I refused to allow my dentist to examine my teeth one time.
It is about a young girl, probably between the ages of five to eight years old. Reading this story allowed me to understand what any doctor goes through during these situations. The doctor becomes angry and can't control himself. It's interesting to look at the action in the story in relation to norms; though the doctor being an adult, and thus expected to be more rational and responsible would have more pressure from social norms than the child, thus the internal conflict. The characters, the setting, the point of view and the plot were the four elements to analyze The Use of Force.
Williams's short story though details how the intentions of these well meaning souls often ends up awry. Williams demanded the father to hold his daughters wrists down so he can examine Mathildas throat. Now his actions are based on irrational spite, After all, I had already fallen in love with the savage brat, the parents were contemptible to me. The story revolves on a single incident, with a twist of action, sort of being dramatic but has a revelation towards the end. Then the doctor orders him to put her on his lap and hold both her wrists. The setting was another element to the story. Mane 2 The Characters, the setting, the point of view and the plot are four important elements that will be analyzing this story, The Use of Force.