What is the difference between the doctor from ''Use of Force'' and Phoenix Jackson in "A Worn Path''?

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There is one key difference between the doctor from "Use of Force" and Phoenix Jackson from "A Worn Path ." The doctor who has come to examine a little girl loses patience with her when she refuses to allow him to inspect her throat for signs of diphtheria, a...

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There is one key difference between the doctor from "Use of Force" and Phoenix Jackson from "A Worn Path." The doctor who has come to examine a little girl loses patience with her when she refuses to allow him to inspect her throat for signs of diphtheria, a bacterial infection that can cause paralysis, heart failure, or death. She manipulates her parents, attempts to claw the doctor's eyes out, and fights to keep her mouth closed. He knows the infection could kill her, and he purports to feel a social responsibility to diagnose and treat it. However, after many attempts to get her to open her mouth voluntarily, the doctor loses control. He says,

I could have torn the child apart in my own fury and enjoyed it. It was a pleasure to attack her.

Phoenix Jackson, however, never loses patience. She has a long journey to make on foot while being nearly blind and very old. She is threatened by a racist hunter, scared by his dog, and condescended to by the women at the doctor's office. Throughout all her tribulations, Phoenix knows her purpose and keeps to it. And she repeats this journey frequently—the path she travels is "worn". She has come to the city for the "soothing-medicine" to help her grandson's throat. He has a condition that will never heal, because he swallowed lye and permanently burned his esophagus. She never loses patience with him or with the journey she is compelled to undertake to help him.

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