Having power can be very overwhelming, which bring us to use it the right or the wrong way. These two short story, ‘The Use of Force’ by William Carlos Williams and ‘One of These Days’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, demonstrate how these two doctors need to force their power on their patient for them to cooperate.
Both explore the struggle of being someone important to the society and having more authority than the people of their village. In ‘The Use of Force’ by William Carlos Williams, The doctor visit a sick girl named Mathilda. He decides to check her throat. However, she refuses to open her mouth and the doctor has no other choice then to uses force to restrain her and examine her throat with a spoon, which makes the girl very mad.
In ‘One of These Days’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, on the other hand, Aurelio Escovar is a poor dentist without a degree. The mayor, who has been suffering severe toothache for five days and is desperate, goes to see him. The dentist lets him in, examines him, and then removes the infected wisdom tooth, without anesthesia. The dentist on purpose made the mayor suffer all this time, and he gives the reason as he pulls out the tooth, saying “Now you’ll pay for our twenty dead men.”
In other words, the doctor use his power to control the little girl and the dentist use his power to take revenge. In ‘The Use of Force’ by William Carlos Williams, the doctor, having more power than the little girl, mathilda, needs to use force on her to be able to check her throat to see if has diphtheria, being stubborn mathilda try to defeat the doctor by screaming and making a scene. Being the one in charge, the doctor use his power and force open the mouth of his patient ‘then I grasped the child’s head with my left hand and tried to get the wooden tongue depressor between her’(6).
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Having power you are up ahead of other people. In ‘The Use of Force’, the doctor needed to use force on the little girl because she wasn’t copping and she would have died. With that power he overcome her and discover that she was hiding her inflamed throat, ‘I overpowered the child’s neck and jaws and there it was….both tonsils covered with membrane’ (7).
With that, having someone using their power on you, you either walk away or you react, like what mathilda did, she hated the fact that the doctor discovered her secret so she jump and attacked ‘….now she attacked. Tried to get off her father’s lap and fly at me while tears of defeat blinded her eyes.’ (7) In ‘One of These Days’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, being a lower class dentist in a small village, Aurelio Escovar isn’t someone with lots of power, not until one of his customer is the mayor. ‘The mayor appeared at the door. He had shaved the left side of his face, but the other side, swollen and in pain, had a five-day-old beard. The dentist saw many nights of desperation in his dull eyes.’ (8)
With this, the mayor is desperate and the doctor is his only chance to stop that pain. Having the mayor in pain and being in his situation the doctor have more power over and use it to have fun and give him revenge. ‘The mayor seized the arms of the chair, braced his feet with all his strength, and felt an icy void in his kidneys, but didn’t make a sound. The dentist with a bitter tenderness, he said: “now you’ll pay for our twenty dead men.” the mayor felt the crunch of bones in his jaw, and his eyes filled with tears….he was trembling’. (9)
Both short story share something in particular, their feeling for their patients. In ‘The Use of Force’ the doctor has a weird way of having feelings for mathilda. With the situation he’s having with her we would of all thought that he would hate her but no in contrary he actually likes her. He likes the fact that she won’t let anybody control her, ‘I had already fallen in love with the savage brat.’(6) On the other side, in ‘One of These Days’ the dentist doesn’t have the same feeling as the doctor has for his client.
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. After much struggle, emotional and physical, the doctor forces her to open her mouth and it turns out she does indeed have the disease. Level Two Setting - It's not actually mentioned, but it is implied that it at the Olson's house, a doctor is called to look at ...
Aurelio actually hates the mayor. He finds that the mayor abuses his power, ‘the mayor wants to know if you’ll pull his tooth, tell him I’m not here.’ (8) Having power can be irresistible, these two short story demonstrate how these two doctors need to force their power on their patient for them to cooperate. They explore the struggle of being someone important to the society and having more authority than the people of their village and the pleasure then can get from it.