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Farnaz Falsafi 9151999 Most everyone remembers a favorite story that he or she has read A book that just captivated the reader from beginning to end But how do authors successfully grab the attention of their readers Authors utilize specific techniques to convey the characters setting and plot effectively The two short stories Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville and The Tenant by Bharati Mukherjee do just that The authors of both stories effectively develop unique characters through description or narration action and dialogue which fit in with both the setting and the plot The main character in Bartleby the Scrivener is indeed an interesting one Although the name of the story may give the impression that the main character is Bartleby it is in fact the narrator whom we learn the most about The narrator is described as a very orderly person His actions and speech demonstrate his fastidious ways The narrator even shows the reader right from the beginning that he prefers to go about in an orderly fashion by the fact that he absolutely must give background about his life and work before he can begin to tell us about his employee Ere introducing the scrivenerif is fit I make some mention of my self my employs my business my chambers and general surroundings Meyer 113 The narrators setting including his office also shows that he likes to keep everything organized His office is separated into sections by folding glass doors to distinguish his side of the room from his scriveners The narrator also separates Bartleby into confinement Still further to a satisfactory arrangement I procured a high green folding screen which might entirely isolate Bartleby from my sight though not remove him from my voice 118 The reader can see that the narrator likes to have a set way of doing tasks through his actions and interactions with the other characters The narrator is obviously not one
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