Bartleby Summary

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Here are my answers to the questions of Bartleby the Scrivener by Melville 1. The Boss who is also the narrator is up against Bartleby unwillingness to do what he is paid for. At first he does all his copying but when he is asked to check his work with the original copy, Bartleby simply refuse. The Boss feels frustrated by Bartleby’s answer but yet keep him longer to see if he’ll change, which he doesn’t and the Boss is force to move his business because Bartleby refuse to leave the place. In the story, Bartleby represents freedom as he chooses not to do anything. We can observe a couple of society statement, the narrator represent “normality” in which normal people seek social status and fortune, but on the other hand, Bartleby is the opposite as he does not seek any social status or interaction at all, he has lost his humanity and chooses to let go of everything.
However, I read other Melville stories and I know that Melville often represent himself in his own stories. Here, Melville is represented by Bartleby.
The narrator sees himself as normal making every other character in the story different from normal. Nippers has a “disease” for being ambitious and Turkey is annoying because he is “too energetic” but put together they are useful. Both represent different type of peoples we can easily find in our everyday world. They aren’t likable or sympathetic characters but because of their extreme behavior, they only make the scene less dark than it would be without them. 2. The functions of the minor characters are to represent the typical employees that we can find in a regular office. They often show submission to the boss to avoid being fired. 3. At first, the Boss is shocked by Bartleby continuous refusal to work. Then he became frustrated and worried. Finally, the boss is tired of Bartleby but doesn’t want to hurt his feeling so he moves his…...

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