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 successful law firm and growing business, the narrator of this story decides to hire another employee to accomplish scrivener 's work. After reaching out in search of an employee, he comes across Bartleby a “pallidly neat, pitiably respectable” and “ incurably forlorn”. The description of Bartleby is pale, dull, pitiful, and proper.
Upon first hire of Bartleby, he works hard, in fact, he is…