English US Social, historic and personal isolation is one of the most widely discussed themes in literature. Indeed, there are many literature characters that confronted to society being outsiders. Regardless the fact that the two stories were written in different times and under different historic and social conditions, as well as focus on characters that have nothing in common age, occupation, character or motivesclearly that both stories have something to reveal about. In this paper, we are going to compare and contrast the two stories and how they address the issues of social, historic and personal isolation, aloneness, nonconformity, class, materialism and self-centeredness.
On this blog, students will be sharing the research they are conducting on individual authors and stories.
We invite you to read along with us and enjoy the conversation. Tuesday, February 21, Stranger Than Fiction: Interpretations of Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener: Critics want to know why Bartleby is the way he is and what the story says about the lawyer who narrates it.
Critics also wonder about the narrator. Stern refers to readers who made the character out to be a form of themselves because of their love of themselves, or narcissism.
Stern thinks that everyone tries to look too far into the fact that Bartleby acts so indifferently towards everyone, causing them to make radical explanations about why Bartleby is so out of the ordinary.
The fact that Melville does not present enough information to portray the true identity of the character is what causes this proliferation of strange explanations. Stern shows that Bartleby could be seen many ways.
He might be seen as an oppressed worker in a capitalist society. The thought of Bartleby representing Christ even goes as far as saying that Turkey represents Michael, Ginger Nut represents Raphael, and that Nippers represents Lucifer, which in my opinion is a completely bogus interpretation seeing as Christ was put to death for the salvation of others.
Marx explains that Melville may have used Bartleby as a character who represents his own emotions of isolation, depression, and failure. The lawyer can also be seen in many ways. Kelley shows only one side of the lawyer, making him out to be an awful, greedy man.
These findings are significant because there is no concrete way to figure out what Bartleby, or this whole story for that matter, really stands for. Although some of these explanations make more sense than others, there is still a sense that Melville is the only one who could really know what everything in this story means.
Do you see anything in the story that makes you feel upset? What happens when you look at a person who seems to be crazy like Bartleby, but who also seems to be doing what he wants to do?
What is your visualization of who Bartleby is and what he stands for in the eyes of Melville? U of Toronto P, herman melville lecture notes (BARTLEBY FOCUS) Students are often disturbed by what they perceive as Bartleby's insanity; he is given every opportunity to work and create a .
"Bartleby the Scrivener" Summary. The narrator of "Bartleby the Scrivener" is the Lawyer, who runs a law practice on Wall Street in New York.
Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is one of the most famous short stories written by world renowned author Herman Melville. John Self in his article in The Asylum describes the book as a keystone of modern literature. Published anonymously in November and December of , it was again reprinted in The Piazza Tales in Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” has been a heavily debated short story for a number of years.
Critics want to know why Bartleby is the way he is and what the story says about the lawyer who narrates it. commercial, democratic society. But that, of course, depends on what you think the story says and means.
The basic plot is rather simple: a middling Wall Street lawyer—also the narrator of the story—needing more assistance, hires a new scrivener (copyist) to join his firm.
Enter Bartleby. Herman Melville’s short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” reveals around the story of a “scrivener” or copyist who work for a low firm. Bartleby was a quiet and hard-working person who is the best worker among the three who also work at the firm.