"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street"
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This paper reviews and discusses Herman Melville's short story, "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street". According to the paper, this short story is a puzzling meditation on life and the human condition.
From the Paper:"The best symbol in the story which parallels Bartelby's denial of action is that of the wall- the setting of the story is evidently made up of a series of enclosures. Thus, even the name of the street where the office is situated is suggestive- " Wall Street", and the author carefully draws attention to this name by adding it in the subtitle of the work: A Story of Wall Street. Next, the office itself is enclosed between other walls, the walls being the only view that windows afford, and Bartelby many times remains absorbed in contemplation of one of the walls. Then, when Bartelby is imprisoned, he is faced with even thicker walls, which the author symbolically compares with the Egyptian pyramids. These walls that Bartleby contemplates and his repetitive answer " I prefer not" are the main coordinates for the dilemma that Melville proposes: human life is something ephemeral and this is what the thwarted perspective of the wall represents. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Chase, Richard Melville: A Collection of Critical Essays, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice- Hall, 1962
- Melville, Hermann The Complete Shorter Fiction, London: Everyman's Library, 1997
- Stone, Geoffrey Melville, New York: Sheed and Ward, 1949
Cite this Book Review:
"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" (2007, February 28) Retrieved February 20, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/bartleby-the-scrivener-a-story-of-wall-street-92793/
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