Bartleby Final

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Dillon Willett
Comp II
Ms. Genovise
October 6, 2010

Bartleby, He Is Something More.

Throughout the story, Bartleby, the Scrivener, feelings for Bartleby grow fonder from the speaker’s viewpoint. Bartleby isn’t just a copyist for the New York lawyer; he is the one who ultimately helps the lawyer find himself. Passages in the story show that Bartleby is a savior-like figure, using Christian symbols. From beginning to end, there is a change in outlook on life from the speaker’s perspective, because of his situation with Bartleby. His employee saves him from his busy lifestyle, manifesting his embedded feelings of compassion for the character.
The lawyers business had increased considerably. Instead of pushing his two original copyists Turkey and Nippers he was looking to hire. “Not only must I push the clerks already with me, but I must have additional help” (147). At that point in time, the lawyer didn’t realize that Bartleby would help him so much, but in an odd sort of way. He was not a big help inside the office, he often refused to do his job, but he did show the lawyer a different side of life. He displayed how good it felt to help people, and try to make other people’s lives better.
One Sunday morning the lawyer, Bartleby’s employer finds Bartleby has been residing in the New York office building. When the speaker realizes he is living in the office, he has enough love for the man already to ask Bartleby to come stay with him in his own home. Of course he “ prefers not to.” The lawyer decides to pack up his belongings and move out of the office building and restore his business at a new location leaving Bartleby there alone. When the landlord has Bartleby arrested for not leaving the premises, A stranger informs him he left someone there when the speaker says “..the man you allude is nothing to me”(162) Just as peter denied Christ in chapter 22 of…...

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