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He says that when people smile we think there is no misery in this world.
The narrator is feeling closeness to Bartleby because of the strange look the person have on his face. May be the narrator is feeling empathy for Bartleby and wants to share the person’s sadness. He could relate to his problem and feels that being a human he can connect to Bartleby. The narrator feels that there is some mystery behind the person eccentric behavior and weird ways of mannerism. The narrator is thinking deep about the strange situation of Bartleby. The narrator was getting more thoughtful of Bartleby because he is becoming more humane and thinking about the problems faced by Bartleby. The author is getting attracted to Bartley may be because of his unexplained behavior and attitude to work and life.
In the climax of the story, the narrator explains that the Bartleby refuses to leave the job. However, the employer had to move his business to another building but still Bartleby refused to leave the office. Here we can see that the narrator is trying to show that Bartleby had a strange connection with this office space. So there is something behind the solitude and sorrow of Bartleby and the office space. In the end new business started in the office but Bartleby remained in the office which shows the connection he has with the place. In the end he was arrested and he remained in the prison doing nothing and starving him to do death which denotes the mystery surrounding his job and his death.
The author later discovers that Bartley previously worked in the Dead letter where undelivered mails were got ridden.The author believed that handling such mails of dead people might have affected Bartleby’ sanity. The narrator is stating that the past of Bartleby had a profound effect on the way he was behaving later in his life. He was handling dead letters which was of no use like
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Bartleby the Scrivener is a short story inscribed by Herman Melville. In this short story, an elderly lawyer hires Bartleby to work in his business, which deals with“bonds, mortgages and title deed”. The elder lawyer employs Bartleby to proofread the office work, but Bartleby ends up refusing to conduct the assigned responsibilities.
It is set in late nineteenth century Manhattan and is one of Melville’s best-known works. Bartleby takes on the job of a scrivener, progressively isolates himself from social interaction, stops work and denies discourse with the everyday world. The story is narrated by an unnamed lawyer, with an office on Wall Street, who hires Bartleby in the last period of the scrivener’s life.
Bartleby and Akakievitch die due to malnutrition of life's basic needs, an image that is symbolized by their reluctance to maintain a proper diet. They are uncommunicative, isolated and repressed. Their deaths go as unnoticed as did their lives. Amid all these similarities, however, stands a stark contrast in narrators.
Bartleby, however, starts out in the narrator's office doing "an extraordinary quantity of writing" (par.18), but soon discovers that he 'prefers' not to work at all. The narrator has quite a lot to say about both himself and Bartleby, and his experience with the scrivener seems to have been really educative.
In 2-3 pages, I want you to write about the misfit characters we have encountered in �Bartleby�, �The Lady with the Pet Dog�, �A Good Man is Hard to Find�, �A Rose for Emily� and �How to Date A��. Pick two or three of these stories and explain what