The Lawyer tries to help both himself and Turkey by asking Turkey only to work in the mornings, but Turkey argues with him, so the Lawyer simply gives him less important documents in the afternoon. The responsibility of the scrivener is to recopy legal texts and documents in order to be distributed to court officials and other lawyer for use.
The Lawyer begins by noting that he is an "elderly man," and that his profession has brought him "into more than ordinary contact with what would seem an interesting and somewhat singular set of men the law-copyists, or scriveners.
His nickname comes from the fact that Turkey and Nippers often send him to pick up ginger nut cakes for them. The impossibility of the absence of walls is emphasized when Bartleby is removed to the Tombs, where he ignores the limited space in the exercise yard, choosing to stand beside the exterior wall, which both keeps him and protects him from society.
At twenty-five years old, he is a comical opposite to Turkey, because he has trouble working in the morning. Turkey has been causing problems lately. Ironically, Herman Melville enjoyed almost a complete lack of success or acclaim during his life for his works; yet he in particular stands out as one of the great American writers, bringing to life Moby-Dick, considered one of the greatest works of fiction in the English language.
The second worker is Nippers, who is much younger and more ambitious than Turkey. The story deals with the monotony of the working man, the accepted isolation felt within modern society and entrapment. We learn at the end of the story that Bartleby was rumored to have worked in the Dead Letter Office, contributing to his ingrained depression from the beginning of the story.
Instead, he calls in Nippers to examine the document instead.
The description of the position gives the reader an immediate distaste of the profession, especially the modern reader. Bartleby is the archetypal working man, described as "pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn!
By the middle of the 19th Century, America had yet to contribute much in the way of great literary accomplishment. Bartleby resigns himself from his position yet he has nowhere to go, so he remains trapped within the office of his employer.
Melville has great ideas and is definately a talented writer, unfortunately, like Charles Dickens, he tends to be a little wordy. He attempts, and is somewhat successful, in getting readers to feel sympathy for Bartleby, therefore, sympathy for him.
Until lunchtime, he suffers from stomach trouble, and constantly adjusts the height of the legs on his desk, trying to get them perfectly balanced.
One day, the Lawyer has a small document he needs examined. The Lawyer hires Bartleby and gives him a space in the office. When Bartleby is in prison, he wastes away without abruptly dying, degeneration until the point no one notices his absence.
Bartleby refuses the false concern of Mr. Bartleby stares at this wall when he prefers not to work. Melville helps establish the tradition of having a tale told by someone who is accurate about facts but who is very subjective in interpreting the motivations not only of others but also of himself.
The Lawyer spends some time describing the habits of these men and then introduces Bartleby. He finds himself once again trapped within another office, performing another meaningless task for an employer that does not care about him.
The narrator also resembles Melville, but in a different way. His disappointment was only to increase as his career diminished until his death which was hardly noticed in the literary community. When he politely refuses to leave the office, the new occupants have him committed to the Tombs, where his mental cage becomes an actual prison.
He is an excellent scrivener in the morning, but as the day wears on—particularly in the afternoon—he becomes more prone to making mistakes, dropping ink plots on the copies he writes. Colonial literature had been primarily focused on praising Puritan society and their dogmatic faith; virtually no writers had attempted more relevant stories and themes in their writing.
The last employee—not a scrivener, but an errand-boy—is Ginger Nut.
Behind the relationship between Melville, the narrator, and Bartleby, one can also see the relationship between the narrator and an ideal audience that Melville would have wanted.Feb 27, · An Analysis of Bartleby, the Scrivener I wrote this after reading Herman Melville's short story Bartleby, the Scrivener for American Lit.
Melville has great ideas and is definately a talented writer, unfortunately, like. In the short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” which was written by Herman Melville, the character named Bartleby is a very odd, yet interesting individual.
In the story, Bartleby is introduced when he responds to a job opening at the. A successful lawyer on Wall Street hires Bartleby, a scrivener, to relieve the load of work experienced by his law firm.
For two days, Bartleby executes his job with skill and gains the owner's confidence for his diligence. Then the copyist begins demonstrating signs of mental imbalance by refusing.
Herman Melville () is an American writer who is widely acclaimed, among his most admired works are “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and “Benito Cereno” which both first appeared as magazine pieces and only published in as part of a collection. “Bartleby” was a story reflecting on. "Bartleby the Scrivener" was written by Herman Melville in The book is about a scrivener named Bartleby, and he continuously answers people's questions with "I would prefer not to" (Melville 9).
Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” is often considered such a story. Many of the characters in the story and images created allude to Melville’s writing career, which was generally deemed a failure.Download