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The Rebirth One Life-Changing Encounter Most people know who they are their inner-self but sometimes one encounter with the simplest of man can change your entire existence In Herman Melvilles short story Bartleby the Scrivener A Story of Wall Street the author depicts the life or lack there of of two men Bartleby and the lawyer-narrator Through an employees demise an unknowing employer gains a new life The narrators goal is to recount a story about Bartleby the strangest scrivener I ever saw or heard ofMelville 1148 Through the lawyers narration he reveals more about himself than he does about Bartleby By means of his two lonely characters Melville portrays the destructive effects of isolation and the need for social companionship The title character in Bartleby the Scrivener lives a desolate and isolated life The lawyer states While of other law copyists I might write the compete life of Bartleby nothing of that sort can be done 1148 The lawyers statement shows that Bartleby is clearly void of life Not in the physical sense breathing eating and sleeping but in the emotional sense He lacks the notion of living life to the fullest Critics say that he is so deeply removed from social contact that Bartleby is not really a person he is a phantom crawling out of the unconscious dark pool of the narrators repressed life McCall 103 Although Dan McCall makes a good point the fact is that Bartleby is a person others would not see a phantom or be able to produce actual documents as Bartleby does Bartleby chooses a profession that requires machine-like qualities which he can exercise in solitude Unlike the other employees in the office Bartleby engages in his work nearly every hour of the day As if long famishing for something to copy he seemed to gorge himself on my documents There was no pause for digestion He ran a day and night line copying by sun-light and
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