Commentary on Bartleby the scrivner

Commentary on Bartleby the scrivner - Commentary...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Commentary on "Bartleby, the Scrivener" The character of the narrator might be identified as a rather self-centered man who would rather 'prefer not to' undergo a confrontation with any of his employees. This is evident in his decriptions of the employees and his so-called good intentions when he sets himself as a tolerant, conducive man. It is obvious that his intentions and actions are only for his own self interest and his wanting to be thought of as helping those who are not as fortunate as he. All along what he hopes to achieve with his charity is to help sooth his own vision by improving the physical state of others. His avoidance of confrontation is quite evident when he actually moves out of his office instead of having Bartleby physically removed by the authorities. His character is tested with Bartleby's passive-aggressive attitude though I can not agree totally that he is "softened" by his acquaintance with Bartleby because in some regards he was already soft. Bartleby is definetly cut from a stronger cloth although he certainly has his own mode of communication. He does not give into the Wall Street hardness and does not do anything that does not suit him. He takes life for what it is worth. ..nothing more and nothing less. Even though he literally does not ask for anything, he sends his message loud and clear: I will do what I feel necessary to survive and everything else, " I would prefer not to." It is somewhat comical that in the strong corporate atmosphere of the business world, you have a boss that would 'prefer to' no sooner pack it up and get away from an employee than to have to deal with him. All in all, the narrator is not cold and does end up with a conscience which is evident by his checking on Bartleby both at the old office and the jail. I think Barlteby challenged him in a way that he had never been challenged before and quite honestly he did not know exactly what to do with him. Jamie Finkelman I find the relationship between the author and Bartleby to be a very strange, unrealistic one, at least in today's society. Bartleby, an employee of the author, is under the command of the author, and is getting paid to do what the author says to do. Although Bartleby is very polite and unconfrontational when refusing to do a job the author requests, Bartleby IS refusing. If he's not doing what his boss says as pertaining to his job, he shouldn't get paid. The job is not getting done. If
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

Page1 / 5

Commentary on Bartleby the scrivner - Commentary...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online