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  • Bartleby
    778 words
    In the working community there is no time to do anything that isnt work related. There is nothing more required from you other than to be obedient to your boss and to work efficiently so the company can do well. According to one of Benjamin Franklins thirteen virtues of industry, he said that one should: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut of all unnecessary actions. Hard work and dedication pays off when you are trying to advance to a higher level. However, there are some ...
  • Narrator Of Bartleby
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    I believe the Narrator of Bartleby changed and grew tremendously throughout the story. The simple fact that the Narrator chose to tell of Bartleby and no one else shows us how significant Bartleby must have been to the Narrator's life. The vast spectrum of strong emotions the Narrator experiences during the short time he knows Bartleby undoubtedly color his thoughts and feelings for the rest of his life. One can see through the course of the story how these emotions affect the character of the N...
  • Narrator Ventures Back Into Bartlebys
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    Amanda Fisher February 16, 2001 Bartleby, in Herman Melville's short story Bartleby the Scrivener is a character who lives his life in utter isolation. However, it is obvious from the story that he does affect one persons life. The narrator of the tale, an aged lawyer, is a caring figure, though not unlike most employers, keeps his distance and rationalizes each situation. He transformation into a sympathetic and affected character results solely from his rather limited relationship with his emp...
  • Bartleby's Isolation From Society
    613 words
    I prefer not to", also tells the reader about Bartleby isolating himself. The phrase shows his lack of involvement, another form of isolation. The narrator tells the reader exactly what he did to Bartleby, very vividly, as shown below. In the novella, the author tells the reader, down to the smallest detail, what he did to Bartleby to isolate him from the world. He tells us in this passage, "I placed his desk close up to a small side window in that part of the room, a window which originally had...
  • Strange Relationship Between Bartleby And The Employer
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    The character of the narrator might be identified as a rather self-centered man who would rather 'prefer not to' undergo a confrontation with any of his employees. This is evident in his descriptions of the employees and his so-called good intentions when he sets himself as a tolerant, conducive man. It is obvious that his intentions and actions are only for his own self interest and his wanting to be thought of as helping those who are not as fortunate as he. All along what he hopes to achieve ...
  • Lawyer Closer To Bartleby
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    The Lawyer embraces life and does everything in his power to help his fellow man. This is what I see in this individual. Herman Melville's short story ' Bartleby the Scrivener, A Story of Wall Street' is one in which the main character is virtuous by nature. The Lawyer is so tolerant of Turkey and Nipper's unusual behaviors that he showers them with kindness. His kind nature is tested even further by Bartleby's behavior. It seems perfectly obvious that the Lawyer goes out of his way to be sensit...
  • Bartleby's Confinement
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    Society and fate often restrict individuality and freedom of choice, and Melville (in "Bartleby") uses images of confinement, communication / lack thereof, and instances of fate vs. free will to prove this. 1. The restriction that society and fate put on people's individuality and freedom of choice can be seen through the images of confinement that Melville uses in "Bartleby". 2. Bartleby exercised his freedom of choice when he "gently disappeared behind the screen" in the narrator's office, but...
  • Bartleby's Boss
    587 words
    The extremely simplified definition of civil disobedience given by Webster's Dictionary is nonviolent opposition to a law through refusal to comply with it, on grounds of conscience. Thoreau in Civil Disobedience and Martin Luther King in Letter from Birmingham Jail both argue that laws thought of as unjust in one's mind should not be adhered to. In Herman Melville's Bartleby, a man named Bartleby is thought of by many to be practicing civil disobedience. His actions are nonviolent, and he refus...
  • Couple Of Jobs For Bartleby
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    Did one ever want to live in New York? What about working on Wall Street? One might prefer not to after reading, "Bartleby, the Scrivener", by Herman Melville. This short story is not only about life on Wall Street but also how one should treat others less fortunate then oneself. The main character is an elderly lawyer who never takes risky deals or draws attention to himself. His personality is similar to that of a shy turtle. He also provides us with the story in the first person point of view...
  • Bartleby And His Boss
    613 words
    Bartleby the Scrivener is a story about a guy who responds to an ad for a job. Bartleby is hired to relieve stress on the company. He doesn't do any of his work and is about to get laid off. The owner for some reason can't fire him. Bartleby is later put in jail and dies since he doesn't want to eat. Thanks to an elderly lawyer who hires Bartleby as a copying clerk will be in for a big surprise. The main reason why they hired him was to help with the stress. He is described as a pale and miserab...
  • Bartleby And The Lawyer
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    In Herman Melville's life he had much concern with the imposing roles of faith and death. Through his younger years and into his old age, his morbid concerns passionately grew into an obsession. Much of his toiling energy was put into a short story "Bartleby the Scrivener". It is a deep examination into the questions and doubts of life's purpose, asking whether it is filled with meaningless vanity or worthy destination. "Bartleby" dramatizes the conflict of two radically different spiritual pers...
  • Depression Bartleby Depression In Bartleby Depression
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    Depression Bartleby Depression in Bartleby Depression is a disease. It takes over every aspect of your everyday life. You no longer have the ambition to do the things you used to do. Your social life diminishes, and you close yourself off from society. Many times a person who suffers from depression receives treatment. That person may reach out for help or someone may notice that he or she is suffering and reach out to him or her. However, there are times when a person is not treated. This perso...
  • Actions Of The Lawyer And Bartleby
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    Bartleby the Scrivener Essay In Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, Melville questions the validity of property ownership in terms of dollars and cents. Through the actions of the lawyer and Bartleby, Melville portrays two contrary views concerning the importance of money in society. While the lawyer staunchly believes money is a commodity, assigning all materialistic things a dollar value, Bartleby indirectly implies his belief that money is merely a concept, openly disregarding and oppos...
  • Story Without Bartleby
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    If you analyzed life so much just to discover that it was meaningless, that you were just a machine, would you, shut down, turn your self off? In the short story Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville, Bartleby does just that. My ideas are very similar to those of Leo B. Levy. He believes that a spell was cast over Bartleby, and that he was already dead because of a mental suicide. We have similar ideas about the theme, character, and setting, and how they add to the story's darkness. My idea...

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