"Bartleby, The scrivener": Man against Society.
Man versus society is the ideal theme of Herman Melville's incredible short story "Bartleby, The Scrivener". Bartleby, a copyist employed in the narrator's shop, stands different among all the workers. He is ghostly, uncommunicative, and repetitive. It appears as though Bartleby and Wall Street, the society he is in, cannot exist together.
Bartleby is first introduced to us when he shows up for work, "In answer to my advertisement, a motionless young man stood upon my office threshold, ...I can see the figure now- pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurable forlorn! It was Bartleby" (25…
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