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Reaction to Bartleby the Scrivener In the short story Bartleby the Scrivener Herman Melville creates a rather perplexing character Melville uses a narrator a lawyer to describe Bartleby as an odd character The interactions between the narrator and Bartleby reveal bits of human nature Despite the title this story is not about Bartley so much as it is about the narrator and the way he interacts with others From the beginning of the story Melville portrays the narrator as a passive aggressive character The narrators passive aggressive nature is evident in his interactions with another scrivener Turkey Instead of being assertive and informing Turkey that his morning services 545 well all that the narrator required the narrator hints to him that perhaps he should not return to the chambers after twelve oclock 545 The narrator states later in the story that it is Bartlebys abnormal behavior that causes his the narrators passive aggressive behavior If this were so the narrator would not have interacted with Turkey in this manner Through the narrators passive aggressive behavior we are able to glimpse at human nature The narrator is astonished with Bartlebys refusal to do work Because of his insecurities the narrator reassures himself that his reactions are normal by asking others what they think of Bartlebys actions The narrator is reassured that Bartlebys actions are absurd yet his passive aggressive behavior prevents him from doing anything about it The narrators astonishment turns into pity It is human nature to pity those less fortunate and to make an effort to help the person The narrator helps by continuing to employ Bartleby and allowing him to live at the office But as Bartlebys odd behaviors persist the narrators feelings turn from pity into repulsion This is also true in human nature as human beings can only enlist their best affections 556 to a point The narrators self image forces him to rid himself of Bartleby He is worried that
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