Reader involvement in 'Bartleby the Scrivener' (posted 8 September 2004)
In Reflections on Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, Katie Atkins observes,
Bartleby's resistance to the task at hand becomes spellbinding: one wants to read on, one wants to know why Bartleby won't, and one wants to know the outcome of the story.
It's pretty clear from the student comments that not everyone enjoyed Bartleby (aren't you glad we did "An Occurence at Owl Creek" first?).
While Renee felt "like I wasted 23 pages of my entire life, hours of my precious college time," Sara actually "enjoyed all of the redundance of the story."