Jerz: Am Lit I (EL 266)


Trisha Wehrle on 'Bartleby' (posted 8 September 2004)" ?>

Trisha makes some excellent points in TrishaWehrle: Huge Contrast in "Bartleby, the Scrivener"

This is supposed to be a "story of wallstreet" and when I first think of Wallstreet choas and confusion comes to my mind. Wall street is a place of business and economic growth and one might assume that individuals placed in this environment would be energenic, and money hungry.

On her blog, I asked, "What do you think Melville was trying to say, when he placed this particular narrator in a story with the even more passive Bartleby?"

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By his own admission, the narrator describes himself as "...an eminently safe man" and feels "...the easiest way of life is the best." He has figured out how to deal with the eccentricites of Nippers and Turkey and finds harmony in the fact that their "off" times are in sync. Bartleby on the other hand confounds him with his passive resistance and ends up shaking up his tranquility. Because both characters are non-confrontational it presents a real conflict between the two.

Posted by: Linda Fondrk on September 9, 2004 10:56 AM | Permalink to Comment
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