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Why are there so many walls in our lives Every building has outer-walls that form the perimeter of the foundation Inside that building there are walls that divide the floor into rooms and even in each room we put up walls to divide the room to fit its purpose A walls purpose is to enclose divide or protect they really do more than this Do we build all these walls to protect us from the elements like rain and cold and to organize our lives better or because we want to limit our interaction with other social beings and become more individualistic In the short story Bartleby the Scrivener A Story of Wall Street Herman Melville explores the relationship between the individual and society through the use of walls and how his characters react to them The more walls that are in a persons life the more deviant they become this isolation and resulting deviant behavior will lead to a tragic downfall The narrator of the story describes the office chambers with vivid detail Through this descriptions we can see who represents society and who is the individual We can see that there are two windows in the office both of which face the walls of other buildings The narrator describes the view as deficient in what landscape painters call life In contrast one window gave off a white light that came from the sun even though the sun never shined in this window directly the other window opened to a brick wall that was blackened with age and lack of direct sunlight This part of the room with a white light shining in on one side and a black darkness on the other it is a scaled model of our society and it is in this part of the office that the three employees Turkey Nippers and Ginger Nut work The remaining part of the office chamber is divided by ground glass folding doors
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