Herman Melvilles Wall Street Essay

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     The Lawyer embraces life and does everything in his power to help his fellow man. This is what I see in this individual. Herman Melville's short story " Bartleby the Scrivener, A Story of Wall Street" is one in which the main character is virtuous by nature. The Lawyer is so tolerant of Turkey and Nipper's unusual behaviors that he showers them with kindness. His kind nature is tested even further by Bartleby's behavior. It seems perfectly obvious that the Lawyer goes out of his way to be sensitive to Bartleby's needs. The Lawyer at first allows Bartleby to hold off performing certain duties and then from all duties. Soon the Lawyer allows his office to become Bartleby's sleeping quarters and then …show more content…
Nippers would receive "certain ambiguous-looking fellows in seedy coats" (Melville 454). Here is the Lawyer who allows Nippers to receive his seedy clients. The Lawyer also maintains a dignified demeanor when a moistened ginger cake is clapped on to one of his mortgages for seal. While Turkey has his temperament in the morning Nippers is placid. When Nippers is enraged Turkey is calm. Fortunately for the Lawyer he never had to deal with both temperaments at the same time. He could have easily fired Nipper and Turkey and hired someone more qualified. The Lawyer's compassion seemed endless.
     A conflict should have arisen between the Lawyer's best interest and Bartleby's. However, the Lawyer put Bartleby ahead of himself. He allows Bartleby to remain in his office knowing full well that he is not doing any work. He is hoping that Bartleby would change his behavior and do something productive, but Bartleby refuses to do anything. It is this rejection of everything however that brings the Lawyer closer to Bartleby. The Lawyer feels even more responsible in helping Bartleby. Most other people faced with this problem would have displayed less patience and compassion. The Lawyer does not hand over the problem to the authorities because he knows they would handle him roughly. The Lawyer even offered him assistance obtaining another job but Bartleby refuses to be helped. The Lawyer finally accepts his

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