The issues that plague capitalism are played out

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The issues that plague capitalism are played out every day inthe narrator's office. The scriveners represent the lower-classworkers. While two of the employees (Nippers and Ginger Nut)dream of prosperity, they are trapped doing mind-numbinglabor. They simply copy what their superiors have alreadydone.
Bartleby the Scrivener Study GuidePlot Analysis 11Copyright © 2019 Course Hero, Inc.The company's profits are in the hands of the narrator, amanager. He is the driving force in the office, and everythingthat happens—with the single exception of Bartleby's passiveresistance—revolves around his business and its needs. Thenarrator's employees are viewed and measured by theirusefulness as labor.Bartleby confuses everything. He is a member of the workingclass but refuses to use his own manual labor to enrich hisemployer. His refusal to work can be viewed as a protestagainst a system that does not fairly reward his labor. It canalso be viewed as detrimental behavior caused by anoverwhelming and isolating existence. All of this occurs on WallStreet, the home of capitalism, where Bartleby's refusal towork is particularly disquieting to the narrator, who iscomfortable and content with the system as it is.
Bartleby the Scrivener Study GuidePlot Analysis 12Copyright © 2019 Course Hero, Inc.Plot DiagramFalling ActionRising ActionResolutionClimax123456789101112IntroductionIntroduction1.The narrator introduces himself and his employees.Rising Action2.Bartleby is hired by the narrator.3.Bartleby declines to do work.4.The narrator discovers Bartleby is living in the office.5.Bartleby refuses to do any work at all.6.The narrator gives Bartleby an ultimatum.7.The narrator's associates wonder about Bartleby.8.The narrator moves office to get away from Bartleby.Climax9.Bartleby refuses the narrator's help. He goes to jail.Falling Action10.The narrator visits an angry Bartleby in jail.11.The narrator discovers Bartleby's dead body.Resolution12.The narrator notes Bartleby's previous job.
Bartleby the Scrivener Study GuidePlot Analysis 13Copyright © 2019 Course Hero, Inc.Timeline of EventsPre-Bartleby eraThe narrator introduces himself and each of hisemployees.Beginning of Bartleby eraThe narrator hires Bartleby.Three days laterBartleby begins rejecting work assigned by the narrator.Some time laterThe narrator discovers Bartleby is living at the narrator'soffice.Two days laterBartleby stops working altogether.Some time laterAfter Bartleby refuses to leave the office, the narratormoves out of it.A few days laterTenants from the old office building ask the narrator tointervene with Bartleby.A few days laterBartleby is imprisoned in the Tombs for vagrancy; thenarrator visits him.

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