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Bartleby Essay Discuss the conflict of the individuals need to communicate his individual thoughts and feelings versus the desire of societys institutions for conformity in Melvilles Bartleby the Scrivener and Updikes A P In Herman Melvilles Bartleby the Scrivener and John Updikes A P the conflict of the individual thoughts and feelings versus the desire of societys institutions for conformity occurs with the characters who were different Initially a scrivener is someone who copies things for a living The title Bartleby the Scrivener describes Bartleby the complete opposite of what he actually is He is asked to join this interesting group The narrator describes Bartleby as enclosing himself behind the walls of his office These walls represent the walls Bartleby builds - not physical wall but communication barriers The walls between him and society provide security for Bartleby His refusal to be like everybody else establishes his difference He is later fired for his differences and eventually dies In John Updikes A P Updike establishes another communication barrier against societys desire for confirmation The three girls in the story offend the sheep by wearing only bathing suits in the store The store manager fearful of their disturbance reminds them of where they are He is scared that the old and gray sheeps conformity will be corrupted This establishes the point that people who are different are punished for their differences In conclusion Herman Melvilles Bartleby the Scrivener and John Updikes A P establish that society feels that it is necessary for all people to conform The walls built in the stories threaten societys conformation therefore they are punished
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