Bartleby rewrite

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1 Fernando Ferreira Professor Andrew bolt English 201 03/24/2008 Dealing with Bartleby In Bartleby, the scrivener by Melville, the lawyer’s actions and the way he reacts to the eccentric scrivener causes me great confusion. The lawyer seems unable to face his problems and take action, deciding instead to see if they would solve themselves. He never confronted Bartleby and his preference for apathy. He simply worked around it until Bartleby wouldn’t do anything on the office but serve as an adornment. The fact that the narrator is a lawyer, a profession that is not exactly compatible with someone who wants to have an easy life causes me an even greater confusion. The reason why the narrator would follow such a career when he doesn’t have the ability to deal with his problems in an efficient and satisfactory way is what I will try to analyze in this text. Melville’s representation of Bartleby seems be a generalization of how a number of people deal with their problems. He himself represents problems, refusing to do anything to change his nature. Like most problems, Bartleby gets bigger as the story goes on. As Melville writes, “At first, Bartleby did an extraordinary quantity of writing. As if long famishing for something to copy, he seemed to gorge himself on my documents. There was no pause for digestion. He ran a day and night line, copying by sunlight and candle-light” (325) but it all starts to go down the hill when he refuses to check his own work to see if it is perfectly like the
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