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Bartleby In the short story Bartleby the Scrivener Bartleby is the narrating lawyers hired scrivener When Bartleby is relieved from his duty he refuses to leave Despite continued attempts to remove him from the office Bartleby doesnt budge from his tiny workspace But the lawyer who employs him does not kick him out He even denies his other employees from throwing him out But what are his motivations for keeping Bartleby Thats what I uncover in this breathtaking essay The major reason that Bartleby stayed in the office for as long as he did was because of the lawyers compassion and kindness towards the man Occasionally he makes comments about Bartleby such as But he seemed alone absolutely alone in the universe and Yet I was sorry for him To even form these kinds of opinions of him he must hold compassion for the man In the second quote he even claims that he feels sorrow for the man In desperation he considers his options But how You will not thrust him the poor pale passive mortal you will not thrust such a helpless creature our of your door You will not dishonor yourself by such cruelty No I will not I cannot do that Even though the lawyer is frantically contemplating the ways he can coax Bartleby to leave he doesnt think twice about physically kicking him out His compassion for Bartleby overcame his desire to fire him and throw him out on the streets On the other hand Bartleby has lost his compassion for his job When he first went into work he was the ideal worker He worked long hours and didnt complain But he eventually stopped working all together In the beginning he poured his heart into his work but after he found that he did not love his work as much as he first thought he would he stopped working Bartleby is alone in his life and he
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