Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener
Analyzes Herman Melville’s short story, `Bartleby the Scrivener`.
This paper analyzes the various criticisms of the short story, `Bartleby the Scrivener` by Hermann Melville, about a laborer’s life as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The author examines criticisms by: Nichola Ayo, Hans Bergmann, Michael Bethold whom all approach this short story from different perspectives.
Nichola Ayo in his discussion of Bartleby the Scrivener spends only a brief section of the paper analyzing the character of Bartleby himself (exploring a number of theories that have held Bartleby to be a stand-in or metaphor for Melville himself as a man of letters trying to find a place for himself in a world that has very little place indeed for intellectuals). Most of Ayp’s discussion is geared to an analysis of the lawyer, and whether or not he has acted properly.
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