Bartleby part 2 rewrite

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1 Fernando Ferreira Professor Andrew bolt English 201 03/24/2008 The point behind Bartleby After analyzing the lawyer’s behavior in a previous essay, it is possible to conclude that Melville wrote Bartleby as a critic of society in general and the way we deal with our problems. Like many other problems, Bartleby grew more and more cumbersome when left unresolved. The lawyer’s avoidance of dealing with this problem was not particular; he had trouble dealing with the other employees in his office, but those were minor since the other scriveners actually worked at least half day while Bartleby got to the point of doing no more work whatsoever. None the less, the lawyer had trouble managing those employees as well. After writing all this I have managed to have more questions than what I started with originally. Melville criticized the way we lead our life and deal with our problems, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Obviously not every man deals with his problem in the same way, but avoidance seems to be a frequent way of doing so for many people. How many presidents avoid a controversial matter, leaving it to be dealt with by the next man to win the white house? How many people avoid dealing with a problem, dreading the outcome? It is hard to think of anyone who hasn’t done it at least once, postponing a problem because they feared to face it straight on. The longer a problem is avoided, the bigger it will get and harder it will be to solve the situation. Bartleby is not different in any way. The lawyer’s last words, “Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!” (346), clearly shows that Melville wrote this text with a very broad picture in mind. He wrote this text as a way to criticize the society he lived in, one that evolved into what we can see today. When lamenting humanity
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2 the way he did, the lawyer blames it for his scrivener’s death in some way. Bartleby was an odd man, who wasn’t comfortable with society in many ways. His soul needed aid, his wallet needed aid and his mind needed aid. Bartleby is an outcast in Melville’s portrait of society, a vagrant, a man who is not understood by anyone else and who has no desire to do anything at all. Bartleby seems to live in avoidance, even avoiding life, staying day and night inside the
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