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Bartleby finds himself in a state of melancholy from the time he walksinto the lawyers office to the time of his death Since Bartlebysignifies humanity his depression symbolizes that of humanity howsociety treated Bartleby - with insignificance that is - brought onBartlebys depression and eventually led to his death Bartleby theScrivener A Story of Wall Street serves as an allegory throughBartlebys symbolization of all of humanity this is significant becauseof the vast dehumanization in such a commercialized world whichillustrates the problem with treating people as if they are worthless orunimportant When Bartleby begins working for the lawyer he is extremelyhardworking doing everything the lawyer pleases and more Melvillewrites At first Bartleby did an extraordinary quantity of writing Asif long famishing for something to copy he seemed to gorge himself onmy documents There was no pause for digestion Melville At thispoint he is already in the beginning stage of his depression which isbrought on by the world making him feel unloved and unimportant Whilein his state of melancholy he distracts himself by working long hardhours Since Bartleby represents humankind this scenario symbolizeshumankind gorging themselves with work family friends or anythingelse that could possibly divert their attention away from their state ofdespondence MelvilleBartlebys downheartedness begins to show when he replies I wouldprefer not to to the lawyers simple request of examining a smalldocument Melville Bartlebys polite but firm refusal to perform thistask reveals the deterioration of his happiness His depression is asymbol of humans being treated with such inferiority that it makes themprefer not to do anything Melville Bartleby continues to prefernot to do anything falling into a serious state of depression anddespair Melville The decline of his depression symbolizes humanityfalling into the same serious state of depression as Bartleby Bartleby eventually ends up spending his days in the Tombs wherehe hits the ultimate low point in his life and eventually diesMelville After his death Melville writes that he worked in a deadletters office and was treated
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