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Man versus society is the ideal theme of Herman Melvilles incredible short story Bartleby The Scrivener Bartleby a copyist employed in the narrators shop stands different among all the workers He is ghostly uncommunicative and repetitive It appears as though Bartleby and Wall Street the society he is in cannot exist together Bartleby is first introduced to us when he shows up for work In answer to my advertisement a motionless young man stood upon my office threshold I can see the figure now- pallidly neat pitiably respectable incurable forlorn It was Bartleby 25 Bartleby when compared to the other workers was unusually clean mellow and stationary Wall street is a busy place filled with busy people People have somewhere to go and something to do Bartleby was the antithesis to that He could not be alleviated of us loneliness He was like a lost puppy in a world of dogs He did not do anything that made him seem different from the rest of workers at the company From the first time we are introduced to him he seems already dead the color of his face is pale and he stands motionless in the doorway Later on in the story we get a closer look at Bartleby he never spoke but to answerI had never seen him readingfor long periods he would stand looking out at his pale window behind the screen upon the dead brick wallhe never visited any refectory of eating-househe never drank beerhe never went anywhere in particularnever went out for a walkdeclined telling who he was or whence he came or whether he had any relatives in the world that though so thin and pale he never complained of ill- health 34 Bartleby does not do anything a healthy normal adult male would do This factors more so attribute to his ghostly-ness We know nothing about Bartlebys character He is hidden from us so that we may not know him
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