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Herman Melville an American novelist and major literary figure explored psychological themes in many of his works Through his writing Melville recreated a part of life that existed then and is prevalent in our society today Low self esteem along with self-perception and how others perceive us can be a factor leading to depression Depression if left untreated can become so severe that it is possible to cause someone to lose the will to live I will clarify this illness and its ill effects in the story Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville Bartleby the main character in this story starts out a worker in the dead letter office in Washington Exposing someone to a depressed situation can have an effect on ones mental health He later becomes a scrivener on Wall Street When first hired Bartleby is a very consistent employee I can see that figure now- pallidly neat pitiably respectful incurably forlorn it was Bartleby Circumstances as well as fate have a varying effect on every human being They could have a detrimental or positive effect in our life Bartleby is an extreme example of a character trying to achieve his individualism in society and failing with the price of death Bartlebys existence as we were led to believe seemed like a death in life existence Bartleby was a man incapable of experiencing emotions and isolated himself from his environment A lofty brick wall black by age and everlasting shade A lot of Bartleby time was spent staring outside at the blank wall which seemed to be a reflection of the isolation and loneliness in his own life As time passed Bartleby verbally stated when asked to comply with his work responsibilities I prefer not to His protest for the work was very direct and yet very passive Bartleby seems to have a distinctive dysfunctional personality But he wrote on silently palely mechanically This passage shows the debilitating effects of
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