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s and actions and the actions of the people around her, the objectivity of the voice is a mask for the subjectivity of womanhood where womanhood is subjective because society narrowly defines and controls it.
The narrator of the story is an objective omniscient narrator because she can follow any character around and do not provide interpretations. The narrator provides information on other characters which makes her omniscient. The narrator follows what the father and son to do together one time. The woman is sleeping, but the narrator knows what the father and child did together: “He took the child for a walk, and when they returned, red-cheeked and boisterous, the father made supper” (Godwin 1). The narrator also turns to other characters to inform the audience of what they are doing. The narrator, furthermore, is also objective because she does not offer judgments or interpretations and lets the readers interpret what is happening. For instance, as the story ends, the narrator describes everything the woman did and then adds: “The house smelled redolently of renewal and spring” (Godwin 5). There is something ironic about “renewal and spring” when the woman plans to kill herself after doing her household duties. The narrator is then leaving the interpretation to the readers.
Aside from being objective and omniscient, the narrator’s subjectivity helps readers to understand that the objective tone is ironically subjective because focusing on women’s roles and responsibilities showed that the woman wanted to die because she is tired of being a woman. The narrator hides her subjectivity through objective omniscience. Still, it is clear that the narrator is obsessed with feminine roles and obligations. For example, the narrator describes what the girl maid did as part of her daily work:
She painted the room white, fed the child lunch, read edifying books, raced the boy to the mailbox…She knitted dresses for herself and played chess with the
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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, 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.
Bartleby's practice of transcendentalism and existentialism disagrees with his employer's Marxist capitalism. He refuses to work because he chooses to remain faithful to his beliefs and dies a martyr. Castle says that; 'The pathos of the story depends in part on the gap between the lawyer's IDEOLOGICAL function in a modern capitalist society and the humanity of which Bartleby reminds him.' (Castle 265).
The narrator remembers the faces he has seen that day and remembers how happy world looks. The author is telling us that misery in the world stays away from the outside world like Bartley in a corner. The
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