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The narrator in Bartleby the Scrivener is a highly respected successful and highly self-righteous lawyer He has several employees who work for him in his offices each with their own quirks He tends just to let them all do as they wish as it is easier for him this way He does not like to deal with conflicting situations The conflicting character Bartleby does his job very well at first In fact the owner feels that he will not be causing any problems However shortly after Bartleby starts displaying warning signs and actions that he has issues to deal with The narrator nicely tries to deal with him rather than calling the police and having him removed Since Bartleby will not leave the narrator decides just to move into a new building thus new tenants call the police and have Bartleby removed The narrator contributes to the conflict in that he does not want to have to deal with any situation himself Rather he tries to justify Bartleby and his actions From appearance to Bartlebys presence the narrator uses his self-righteousness to try and use these instances as Christian charity Here I can cheaply purchase a delicious self-approval To befriend Bartleby to humor him in his strange willfulness will cost me little or nothing while I lay up in my soul what will eventually prove a sweet morsel for my conscience billeted upon me for some mysterious purpose of an all-wise Providence which it was not for a mere mortal like me to fathom These excuses only show the cowardly character of the narrator who is simply unable to deal with a conflicting and uncomfortable situation In this respect he is to blame for the demise that befalls Bartleby In the narrators life he is ruled by the idea of rules Bartleby lives a life without rules In a sense they are alike in that the narrator
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