Analysis Of Herman Melville 's ' Moby Dick ' Essay

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Although Herman Melville never received sufficient recognition for his literary genius while he was alive, today he is regarded as one of the most iconic American writers ever. His most famous work, Moby Dick, is a classic for students and adults likewise. Herman Melville is also well known for helping make short stories into a serious form of writing in the US. Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street was not as well-appreciated as the action-filled Typee and Omoo, but today it is one of the most famous short stories ever. Bartleby the Scrivener takes an in-depth look at the new American workplace, capitalism, passive rebellion, and authority. The title character, Bartleby, can be interpreted many ways, including as an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder. His many eccentricities, as these are noted and interpreted by the (neurotypical) narrator, seem to indicate a neurological-developmental difference in Bartleby; one that today would very likely be deemed an autism spectrum condition. Herman Melville portrays Bartleby as autistic through his actions and words in Bartleby the Scrivener, perhaps because Melville himself was autistic. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. The range and severity of symptoms vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests, and repetitive behaviors. Behavioral symptoms include…

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