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After read "Bartleby, The Scrivener" Even though you could make an...

After read "Bartleby, The Scrivener"

Even though you could make an argument against Bartleby as the protagonist in "Bartleby, the Scrivener," there are enough clues in the text (the title, for one) that seem to indicate that he is indeed meant to be the protagonist, the character we most sympathize with even if we're not quite sure why.

Even if you don't like Bartleby, consider for a moment what Melville is doing by making him the hero of the story. 

1. Who is the antagonist if Bartleby is the protagonist?

2. Even if there's not a typical antagonist, what is Bartleby working against?

3. Who is he at odds with? Why? (We don't get Bartleby's side of the story, so this question will take some depper critical analysis of not just Bartleby but also the narrator. You will ultimately need to use clues from the text to speculate what's going on that we might not be hearing about.)

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