Essay on Count Bartleby Character Analysis

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Bartleby is a strange man. The narrator refers to Bartleby as a “pale” man many times in “Bartleby the Scrivener”: “that pale young scrivener, by the name of Bartleby” (par. 83). Melville’s story was published in 1853 and he alludes to Bartleby having an essence that is not human, and that essence is of a vampire. Bartleby is not a traditional vampire, having no desire to kill humans for his insatiable need for blood. A traditional vampire has certain characteristics: pale, dead, clean, glamour#, and neat. They also drink blood, require no sleep, are in good health, and often keep to themselves. In the story, Melville depicts The Scrivener as an awkward human being, but Bartleby is not human. Through subtle cues given by Melville …show more content…
Vampires are the living dead, which means that they have no heartbeat and have no circulating blood in their bodies. Therefore, have no color to their skin whatsoever. The narrators constant use of the word “pale”, and related forms, indicates a certain level of importance, and that Bartleby is no longer living. “Pitiably respectable” is another word that alludes to Bartleby having the ability to glamour other humans. Glamour is used by vampires to seduce their prey (humans). Once glamour is used against a human, then humans must do what they are asked regardless of consequence. Bartleby uses his glamour to gain the position as scrivener so he could have a place to stay. Right away, the narrator enjoys Bartleby’s company: “glad to have him among my corps of copyists” (par. 16). The narrator also says that Bartleby is “incurably forlorn”. Vampires have an innate dreariness and sadness about them. Bartleby exuded a “forlorn” personality through his appearance which coincides with traditional vampire characteristics. Bartleby also worked his glamour on the narrator on a constant basis. The narrator felt a deep compassion for Bartleby and he could not figure out why. He continually had a battle within himself about how Bartleby should be treated, how he should react to him, and why he went out of his way to do numerous favors for him. The narrator tries to convince himself that Bartleby means nothing to him, but, “In vain I

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