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All literary works are written from a specific standpoint This standpoint originates from the mind of the author The author when creating his literary work has a specific diagramplan and vision of what the story is supposed to convey However not all readers will interpret the literary work in the way that the author himherself has presented it Many times in fact the audience will perceive the literary work as having an entirely different meaning than what it was meant to have The short story Bartelby the Scrivener by Herman Melville has been reviewed by several different critics as having several different standpoints These standpoints include Bartelby as a Psychological Double to the Narrator an apostle of reason having biblical ties and as being Melville himself A personal standpoint that proves to be different than those that have come before it is to perceive the story Bartelby the Scrivener as a story of family Of all of these views and interpretations of the story Bartelby the Scrivener none can be perceived as correct except by the author Furthermore none can be seen as incorrect because literary works unlike visual works of art leave us the option to imagine In fact our interpretation of another critics thesis is merely a product of our views on their standpoints I say that only to justify that we are able to formulate our own opinions and form our own thesis just by reading the words on the page Bartelby as a Psychological Double The critic of this standpoint is Mordecai Marcus He feels that Bartelby is a paralleled character or a psychological double of the narrator In his criticism of Bartelby the Scrivener he writes I believe that the character of Bartelby is a psychological double for the storys nameless lawyer-narrator and that the storys criticism of a sterile and impersonal society can best be clarified by investigation
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