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Reading Herman Melvilles Bartleby for the first time one must wonder whether Bartleby seemingly the main character is insane At this point readers try to assign a proper type of psychiatric disorder to him During the second reading the authors commitment to certain objects such as walls and food in any representation and specific feelings such as sadness solitude melancholy seems strange When I read this novella for the third time it dawned on me Bartlebys human cover is just a symbolic representation of the lawyers inner world the reflection of his spirit Bartlebys behavior is eccentric and overdone just as much as it seems to be insane to the reader I see the parallels between Bartlebys behavior and the condition of Wall Street societys spiritual life of that time Material wellness becomes much more important than spiritual fullness People are concerned with their jobs and earnings only just as Bartleby they spend most time inside the office They are isolated from the life outside of The Walls The wall itself symbolizes the moral confines inevitable dead-end whereas Bartleby mulishly faces the dead-wall the people whose lives are internally empty and lack enlightenment are close to the spiritual death The narrator doesnt seem to have family and any life outside the office walls and so does Bartleby Bartleby says I prefer not to make any change Melville 29 and so does the narrator he calls himself unambitious and prefers nothing to invade his peace Melville 3 - he is satisfied with his life as it is The food symbolizes moral intake Bartleby does not eat much and eventually refuses to eat at all in the meantime narrator seems not to have any food for his soul himself In prison Bartleby refuses to eat telling I would prefer not to dine today It would disagree with me Melville 32 and faces the dead-wall again Similarly people from the Wall Street of that time did
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