Paper 1 Attempt at Topic

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"Meanwhile Bartleby sat in his hermitage, oblivious to every thing but his own peculiar business there."

The topic of my paper is going to be on proving that Bartleby was selfish, showing his refusal to do anything including leave, how he took advantage of the situation and how he blamed the narrator for his ultimately ending up in jail.

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We've bounced some ideas off each other via email. I do think this is a good approach, since your point of view is for the most part incompatible with the narrator's, and we can explore the device of the "unreliable narrator" (which we'll talk about in connection with Huck Finn). Since Bartleby is not a real person, and he can't speak in his defense, how will you support your "con" argument? I gather you would rely on the narrator's observations, but since we don't have access to anything other than what the narrator tells us, that suggests that Melville deliberately put into this story enough evidence for you to argue against one of the central observations made by the narrator. As you explore the question you want to answer about Bartleby, I'd love to see you looking closely at Melville's techniques. After all, he created a story where the reader can easily disagree with the narrator. I like the way your idea is developing, Mary Jane.

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