Bartleby The Scrivener Idealism Analysis

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Bartleby, the Scrivener Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville, is a story that takes place on Wall Street, in New York, New York. The narrator of this story is the Lawyer, whom he describes himself as “a rather elderly man”. The lawyer is the epitome of a conservative that conforms to the societal norms and expectations. He has the idealism that “the easiest way of life is the best”. Running a law firm, he has multiple employees: Ginger Nut, an ambitious twelve year old son of a cab driver; Nippers, a twentyfive year old, he is neat, well dressed, swift at his work, and constantly re-adjusting the height of his work table; and Turkey, around the age of sixty, he is short, with gray hair, and every afternoon becomes combative. With a …show more content…
These doors are tinted so that you can not see through either side, but they can be open and closed upon the lawyer 's command. Also the green folding screen between Bartleby and the lawyer, which allow the lawyer to communicate to Bartleby with privacy. Both of these symbolic descriptions, describe isolation. However, with this isolation, verbal communication is still accessible. Bartleby is separated, he can not see outside of his work station, and he can only hear the commands of his employer. He receives orders without seeing beyond the task. Bartleby is stuck in a confined space and refuses to move because he can not see beyond where he is, nor can he see the point of being where he …show more content…
Bartleby is someone who refuses to conform to the system because he lacks to see point in doing so. Other attributes affecting Bartleby idealism is, the employees that he works with ranging in age from 12, 25, and 60. We see in the age range of these characters a fall in interest for their lives and careers. The ambitious twelve year old, the swift hard working fidgety twentyfive year old, and the unhappy old man. There is also the polar opposite chemistry between Bartleby and the lawyer. At first glance of Bartleby, we have someone who depicts a description similar to the lawyer, a person who is looking for a cut and dry easy way of life; this is based off of physical appearance. However, we find these characters are completely opposite people. Bartleby is a complex character, and he could be considered insane, lazy, defiant, and a hero all in one. The lawyer on the other hand is someone bound to capitalism, and he conforms to societal norm. He wants to help Bartleby despite his stubborn acts of solemn dafiancy. The lawyer is the depiction of someone trying to help those who do not want to be helped, and while doing so, he does not understand why someone would not want to achieve

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