Compare and Contrast, Bartleby, The Scrivener; book and movie

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A picture is worth a thousand words, that’s the common theme that is increasingly true in our world today. Many movie adaptations of great classic stories and literature works have been created with great visuals. Question is, do the adaptations really carry the same meaning and weight of the original written works or are the adaptions meant to open new perspectives for the audiences? This paper will, through the examining the settings, character, tone and storylines, compare and contrast the book version and movie adaptation of the classic short story " Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street " by Herman Melville.
Herman Melville is regarded as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century; He
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The narrator’s character had more internal verbal descriptions of emotions and thought processes in the book version where similar emotions were depicted through actions such as when the office boss was confronting Bartleby about why he would not do any work, and is recently rejected by Bartleby’s “I would prefer not to” response. The office boss was in a burst of anger and tossed folders and items from Bartleby’s desk in frustration, where in the book version the narrator simply verbalized his frustration and resorted to a few more days of the status quo.
The characters are different in personalities and physical attributes between the book and the movie, however effects and messages they represented was effectively delivered by the movie based on the modern setting it was created upon. The supporting characters of Turkey, Nippers, Ginger Nuts and their movie counterparts were all a bit strange for typical employees, for whatever meaning they may represented they at least have achieved similar levels of strangeness. When it comes the main characters of Bartleby and the narrator there are even more similarities in both physical and mental traits, such as Bartleby’s pale

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