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Hard working strict and being a provider for your society is the definition of the AmericanPuritan society If one was to be asked to do work in the Puritan era that person would have done it because they feared the consequences which were usually some type of isolation That person also respected the work and who asked them to do it but in Bartleby The Scrivener the whole work ethic was joked about in a sarcastic way A character named Bartleby who through the entire story refuses to do work when asked to do so and receives no punishment from his boss except isolation Work ethic was important in the Puritan era and isolation was the consequence when one would not have any and that was the case in Bartleby The Scrivener Bartlebys character can be interpreted in a different way Bartleby has low self esteem and isolation issues He has chosen to take a standpoint of not really having one He refuses to work but he refuses in a polite manner by saying I prefer not to This tells us that Bartleby may feel inferior and that he can not accomplish the work to the standards given Bartlebys disassociation issues tells us that he is trying to pull away from society The audience sees this when the author attempts to isolate Bartleby by his position him in the office I placed his desk close up to a small window in that part of the room a window which originally had afforded a lateral view of certain grimy backyards and bricks but which owning to in subsequent erections commanded at present no view at all Still further to satisfactory arrangement I procured a green folding screen which might entirely isolate Bartleby from my sight The author makes it as if the narrator is trying to push Bartleby away but the more the narrator pushes him away he gets closer to Bartleby Bartleby The Scrivener relates
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