Interpretations of “The Use of Force”

One of the reasons I have never been fond of William Carlos Williams’ work is his short story “The Use of Force.” To me it was very violent. I found it so even (or perhaps especially) reading it for the first time in middle school.

I am glad to know I am not the only one disturbed by the inherent and socially approved violence in the story. The Use of Force and the Dilemma of Violence.

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