September 8, 2004

What the Heck?!?!

Ok... so I was reading Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street and for a split second there I almost forgot exactly WHY I loathe Literature. My pea sized brain just isn't meant to understand complex text such as this. Big words, huge paragraphs, too many characters, 23 printed computer pages (the length of this darn thing) and you got me running my finger over my lip like a Neaderathal. <------ And I'm sure I probably spelled that wrong too!

All in all, the plot goes something like this...the narrator, owns a law firm where he employees three men: Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger Nut. Well one day, the narrator hires a man by the name of Bartleby. The narrator is quite impressed by the steadfast work of Bartleby. However, for some odd reason, when Bartleby is asked to do other work around the office, he replies with a dry "I prefer not too..."

Ok, umm yeah. It was ok the first time, the second time, and possibly the third but sorry Mr. Melville, it got old after like the umpteenth time! Throughout this entire story I was half expecting to find something seriously off about this story. For example, unreliable narrator, Bartleby is a loon, or perhaps something completely off the wall like the character Bartleby is a ghost or something of that nature. But nope...I was highly, highly, highly, disappointed to find that everything was just as it seemed. The narrator owned a law firm, hired a man who refused to comply with orders, the man is admitted in the end (or so I think), THE END. I feel like I wasted 23 pages of my entire life, hours of my precious college time, and so forth. *Sigh* I guess such things as Literature will never fully click inside of this brain of mine. Hopefully someday I will understand the full significance and deeper meaning of Literature works as this. :-/

Posted by ReneeDeFloria at September 8, 2004 3:52 PM

Yay Renee!! Someone commented on my first ever blog! You rule. I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't get much out of the readings. I'm sure someone in class will make us understand; maybe it's just the Jeannette thing.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at September 8, 2004 4:06 PM

I thought the same thing about Bartelby being a ghost, but I eventually ruled that out when other people saw him too. Melville probably ran out of time and had to get finished by his deadline. Secretly, I think he was meaning to make Bartelby a ghost. :-D

Posted by: Amanda at September 8, 2004 9:51 PM

I agree that the text was long and there shouldn't have been so many pages of using big words and huge paragraphs. The story could have been more shorter. The author shouldn't have used so much description. It tends to bore the readers.

Posted by: NabilaUddin at September 13, 2004 11:01 PM