William Carlos Williams, "The Practice" Essay

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In William Carlos Williams’ “The Practice”, he explains the advantages and pay-offs of being both a physician and a writer. Throughout the essay, he argues the “they say” of what he does, that he cannot carry on an active and meaningful business in the medical field while simultaneously authoring books on the matter. “They” say that, as a writer, the medicine interferes, that he cannot possibly be equally interested in both professions, he simply can’t devote the same amount of time and effort to the two. What Williams says, however, is completely different. His “I say” stems from many sleepless nights and many busy days of doing what he loves to do. He says, quite clearly, that it is absolutely possible to be both a writer and a physician, and that the two do balance each other out. The fatigue of a doctors work and the dialectics/ struggle of an authors do not phase an individual, what “they” say means nothing because what “they” say quickly materialized into what “they” had been trying to say. Their words, at the very core, is what is to be appreciated. Williams makes a good point in saying that so many people tend to take what society says as law. He goes on to explain that the “simple-minded” often believe everything stated in the public viewpoint, and their naivety only contributes to the increasingly opinionated, rather than fact-based, “they say”. He realizes that the interference of the public view in the lives of the gullible distinguishes the difference between “sham and a satisfactory basis of thought”. In everything that he is saying, Williams obviously has an intended audience that he is writing to - the “they’s” of the world. His autobiography, or at the very least this excerpt of it, is dedicated entirely to those who oppose him and intend to lower his credit as both a physician and an author. This is evident in the passion he put into his

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