Unformatted text preview: terms of assigning tasks and how Bartleby to combat such alienation refuses him. "the worker does not affirm himself in his work but denies himself, feels miserable and unhappy, develops no free physical and mental energy but mortifies his flesh and ruins his mind" (Marx 61-62). Bartleby is an alienated laborer because the direct “product of his work, from his life activities and from his species-existence, is the alienation of man from man” (Marx 64). Bartleby alienated himself from all his potential friends while working. Cuilla describes work as “a very general term for human activity… something that is or was done; an act, deed, proceeding, business.” Bartleby worked and made work his life, and thus took over himself as an alienated laborer. Bartleby would believe that his work was superior and did not require the assistance of the other laborers in his firm....
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- Spring '08
- Laborer, Bartleby, alienated worker