Bartleby the Scriviner and the Custom House
I must admit... I needed help forming a comparison between these two texts..
So... I think my comparison will be between Bartleby and Hawthorne. Hawthorne accepts his family's past and becomes a great writer inspite of the fact that he knows his grandfathers would not have approved of it. While this thought could have devestated and depressed him, he moved past it.
Bartleby-it suggests in the last paragraph- had a job with the government(as Hawthorne's grandfathers did), handleing dead mail, and he let it depress him so much that he felt useless and died a lonely death. "Dead Letters! Dose it no sound like dead men? Conceive a man by nature and misfortune prone to a pallid hopelessness, can any business seem more fitted to heighten it than tha of continually handling these dead letters and asorting them for flames?"
Posted by LeahDavis at 28, 2005 05:25