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RR week 4 - Elle VanConia Mathew Bardowell English 260...

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Elle VanConia Mathew Bardowell English 260 February 11, 2011 Reading Response Week 4 Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” was a story of high interest to me this week. In the story there is never any progress made with the character of Bartleby, but still a lot can be taken away from him. Melville uses characterization to give depth to the story. The narrator seems to be a foil of Bartleby. Because of the Narrators thoughts and encounters with Bartleby, you are able to gain a better understanding of Bartleby even though his character seems flat. At first you can not grasp his personality, but his token line, “I would prefer not to,” may tell us more about him than anything. The protagonist in the story is never named, but owns an office off of Wall Street and has employed scriveners to copy law documents. Turkey and Nippers are the kinds of quirky characters you might expect to do such tedious work. They operate on opposite
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