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Michael J McMurray English Comp II 30 April 2001 Views on Melvilles Bartleby The Scrivener Herman Melville has written many well-known stories and books possibly best known for Moby Dick However twisted and dark view of society Melville portrays it is far deeper and darker in the short story Bartleby The Scrivener This story has been read and analyzed by many notable scholars These well known professors have offered many explanations of Melvilles story I will explore a few of their ideas on the story and offer one of my own Bartleby the Scrivener is a story about a kind hearted lawyer and the scriveners under his employment The lawyer has a rather dull office on Wall Street in New York where his main business is dealing with the drawing up contracts for his clients For this he has under his employment 3 scriveners and an apprentice The scriveners job is none other than to hand copy documents as this story is set in a time when there were no copy machines and computers Two of his employees are somewhat distempered One is a fat man that comes into work dirty and smelling of food The other is an ill-tempered man who often has bill collectors visit him while at work The third scrivener Bartleby is an odd man who only had a short employment Bartleby who was a scrivener the strangest I ever saw or heard of Melville 1043 Bartleby came to work for the lawyer during the summer when he required more help He was quiet and did not engage in any social contact with the others He was assigned a desk in a corner of the room next to a window that only shown a dirty old brick wall At first he worked with the intensity of a finely tuned machine At first Bartleby did an extraordinary quantity of writing As if long famished for something to copy he
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