"Bartleby the Scrivener"
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This paper discusses how within Herman Melville's work, "Bartleby the Scrivener", there is a sense that the development of the romantic or transcendental hero is seen in the de-development of Bartleby as a character. It examines how, as Bartleby deconstructs his role, at first by refusing to do anything but copy manuscripts and then flatly refusing to copy and leave the premises, which he has recently been discovered to be living in.
From the Paper:"The employer sees that between he and Bartleby there are similarities and yet that he and Bartleby are also infinitely disconnected from each other, a complete mystery to one another as he soul of one was rejecting of life, and industry and the soul of the employer was embracing such. The employer then goes on to describe how, amongst the civilities and niceties of the visual world, hiding in dark places, there is true human misery, and Bartleby's soul is an example of just such a place of darkness."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gale, Robert L. A Herman Melville Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.
- Melville, Herman. Four Short Novels. New York: Bantam Books, 1959.
- Meyer, William E.H. "Faulkner, Hemingway, et Al.: The Emersonian Test of American Authorship." The Mississippi Quarterly 51.3 (1998): 557.
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