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Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Unfortunately, Melville's ambiguities have lead to some unusual interpretations concerning the ethics of the unnamed lawyer who narrates the story. While it may seem perfectly obvious to most of us that he goes out of his way to be sensitive to Bartleby's needs, beginning with the narrator's allowing him to refrain from certain duties, to refraining from all his duties, to letting him make his office his lodgings, to offering him beyond what he owes Bartleby and securing him another position, to eve...
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In Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener," the lawyer performs charitable conduct toward Bartleby to acquire self-approval and an honorable conscience.
"Race, Class, and Herman Melville" by Joan A. De Santis
The fourth physical characteristic that foreshadows the death of Bartleby is that he is described as pallid. He is hardly alive as he is described in deadly terms such as ‘cadaverous or pallid’ (Melville 129). The narrator’s use of language throughout the story provides a foreshadowing perspective from which to judge Bartley. From the first choice of Bartley not to perform duties assigned to him as a copyist, the narrator’s interferences a bout the Dead Letter Office reveals a mind incompetent of facing the realities. The narrator reveals that it is hard to picture a man through his nature and misfortune prone to a pallid hopeless (Melville 97). This suggests that a mind delicately attuned especially that of Bartleby shows an insecure situation in the world of frustration. Moreover, the character trait of cadaverous foreshadows Bartleby as someone who is corpselike. This is because Bartleby acts a law copyist and instead he is confronted with dead walls. The law office whereby Bartleby works is then viewed as a dead letter office, which is a place for a gruesome oppression over the spirit of human being. The narrator unwittingly foreshadows the death of Bartleby through the description of the dead letter office.