`` Bartleby The Scrivener `` : Individualism And Human Connections

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Melville, Whitman, and Hawthorne 's writings suggest that individualism and human connections are largely influenced by a necessary and imperfect society, and that our connection to prior generations has developed today 's society as we build based on previous knowledge. In Herman Melville 's “Bartleby the Scrivener” he seems to suggest that we are social in nature and therefore we desire to be connected to one another, and perhaps this desired connection evolved because we are all descendants of Adam. While Melville, Whitman, and Hawthorne suggests that by nature humans are social, Melville emphasizes the importance of being sociable and active within a community. When the lawyer discovers that Bartleby is living in the office he states, “His poverty is great; but his solitude, how horrible!” (1114) The lawyer 's disbelief and horror of Batleby being a squatter suggests that without close bonds we are more likely to be poor, homeless, or even worse alone. This could imply that human connections provide stability, and because society shapes our identity those who do not conform to it will face harsher consequences. However, the lawyer feels burdened when he has to fire and remove Bartleby from the law office because he feels responsible for Bartleby 's well-being. He states, “The bond of a common humanity now drew me irresistibly to gloom. A fraternal melancholy! For both I and Bartleby were sons of Adam” (1114). Since the lawyer considers that they are linked through an…

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