September 8, 2004

Reflections on Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener

Is there a bad guy in Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener? This was the question that kicked off my blogging days.

After reading this short story, I have decided that Bartleby's constantly avoiding any task he was asked to undertake, (he always says, "I would prefer not to"); perhaps DOES NOT make his a BAD guy, but an inactive, passive guy. And as the reader continues, 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. Bartleby is hard to ignore; thus is his resistance.

Posted by KatieAikins at September 8, 2004 3:44 PM