September 08, 2004

1st time blog!

This is my first experience in blogging, so im sure this won't be too thrilling for anyone. In response to the two readings I was required to read for today i was less than thrilled to read Poe's, "The Raven." I've read it in high school but it never seemed to interesting to me. Maybe its because i don't quite get it. Is the Raven really his "Lost Lenore?", or is he just making these things up in his mind and its simply a bird.
I was a bit more interested in reading Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street, by Herman Melville. The story pretty much flowed along, except for the rather descriptive pages of each character. When i first read of Bartleby's unique response of, " i'd prefer not", i was startled. My first reaction was he could not read because he refused to reread his work he had typed. I give props to the narrator for being so patient with him, because this is one trait i lack! The fact that i kept trying to guess what was wrong with Bartleby made me want to keep reading so i was getting more excited for the ending, and then only to find out he died and we dont know why he acted the way he was! What a way to end a story..

Posted by ErinManko at September 8, 2004 04:05 PM

Hey Erin!

I agree that i wondered what was wrong with bartleby and wanted to read on to find out throughout the whole story. I was also mad that he just died at the end... how lame! But do you think that Melville was trying to prove some point from killing him under a tree in the jail. DOes that show what passive, lazy behavior does to humans, it imprisons them and does not allow them to live

Posted by: Trisha at September 8, 2004 04:11 PM

I don't think Bartelby was lazy; he was depressed. Although, if the rumor about his previous vocation is false, then I would have to say, yes, he was lazy.

Posted by: Amanda at September 8, 2004 09:58 PM
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