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The story is a humorous commentary on industrial society The author Herman Melville uses the habits of the characters in the story to illustrate themes The story is a particularly commentary on the modern office atmosphere and how it effected by the differ employees Melville The author try to make a statement by this story about the relationship between employee and employer and how the industrial mechanical work the routinely work made those relationships stressed out He uses many different methods by which to display this process of removal of humanity from the workplace The most important of these are his use of the scenery his description of the type of labor performed and the personalities of his characters By imagery of the office setting he is presenting us the picture of industriousness on one face while displaying the detrimental effects of this newfound growth on the other The author also tries to illustrate the difficult in finding good workers or inhumane work that was the cause for low productivity among the workers Melville presents the residual effects of such a dehumanizing profession Bartleby the Scrivener probes the question of whether or not the loss of humanity autonomy and the gain of monotony are worth efficiency and industry Bartleby The main character of the story Bartelby copied papers for a living and never did more than that When Bartelby was asked to do more he always replied I prefer not to His answer became mechanical as his job When he was first hired Bartelby is the best worker a very consistent one Later however Bartelby chooses not to perform certain daily tasks While Bartelby probably does the same volume of work as the others the narrator is most frustrated with him The difference between Bartelby way of works and the work of Nipper and Turkey is Bartleys lack of consistency and his direct unreasonable form of resistance is completely contrary to the
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