IBWL II - The Heart of Bartleby - Sentthur Vijayam IBWL II The Heart of Bartleby The two works Heart of Darkness and Bartleby the Scrivener both hold

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Sentthur Vijayam 1/9/2020 IBWL II The Heart of Bartleby The two works Heart of Darkness and Bartleby the Scrivener both hold very interesting ideas, themes, and opinions. Both Conrad and Melville have done a magnificent job of illustrating a common theme of isolation and seclusiveness, and I believe that it is thanks to their proper use of characters, settings, and conflicts. This aspect is what forms a bridge between these two pieces, as this efficient use of these three categories aids in the overall delivering the two pieces’ respective messages. Throughout this commentary, I will be focused on explaining the extent to which Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville use characters, settings, and conflicts to amplify the comprehensive theme of isolation that recurs in the two books. Potentially the most prominent expresser of the recurring theme of isolation is the authors’ use of certain characters. The main character’s that I will be focusing on during this commentary are Kurtz and Bartleby. Following the discussion’s theme of isolation, the characters, Kurtz and Bartleby, can both be seen trying to distance themselves and isolate themselves from the world. Their choice is one that was of free will and made this decision consciously. Kurtz can be seen in the Heart of Darkness doing his very best to remain free of any contact with the country of Belgium because he wasn’t “trying to account” for the sins of labor he committed under the Company’s name (127). Kurtz did not want the people to hear of his
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