Bartleby The Scrivener
The placement of Bartleby The Scrivener takes place in a law office in the sole of New York on wall street. The story happens in a law office populated by an arrangement of odd men, whose associations with each other appear to be absolutely proficient in nature. This pantomime of the characters is enormously huge the business-based world in which they work has no space for individual communication, and, subsequently, neither does Melville's story. It's eminent that we don't pick up anything about any of the characters past what they're similar to in the workplace, not even our storyteller.
Likewise the setting of Bartleby The Scrivener starts off in an office in New York City sometime in the nineteenth century. There we are introduced to certain characters that seem to be acting in a very professional way towards one another, this is because in the story we can conclude that the place is mostly focused on business and nothing else. Which may indicate why there is little to no distinct features that allow the reader to tell that the characters from one another. This may be because we do not see some form of face-to-face conversation between the characters that allows us to indicate that they are human and not some robot. The setting of Bartleby The Scrivener happens in a law office in the sole of New York on divider road. The story occurs in a law office populated by a course of action of odd men, whose relationship with each other have all the earmarks of being completely capable in nature. This emulate of the characters is massively gigantic the business-based world in which they work has no space for singular correspondence, and, thusly, neither does Melville's story. It's famous that we don't get anything about any of the characters past what they're like in the working environment, not even our storyteller. By reading the story we can conclude that the story is not gonna let the readers know anything about the characters apart from them being in an office and have no from of interaction apart from the office also the narrator is not showing any signs of letting the reader know something about the characters. In addition we are left to wonder why the people that are in the office are distant from one another. By using the information that we have we can understand that Melville is trying to illustrate how lonely we can be even though we are still surrounded by people.
There are only a few characters in Bartleby The Scrivener and they are all somehow connected to the main character Bartleby. The main character Bartleby is the most odd character as he never leaves the office. His characteristics include being quiet, polite, as well as firm in the aspect to refuse assigned tasks. Another character however not so vital to the storyline was that of the character named aptly named Turkey. This character was given his name because of his long neck and his reddish skin tone. Additionally, turkey is a character that is distinguished as a follower who was always drinking and under the influence. Turkey as well as Nippers is a lawyer cost and he is known for his “indigestion” which cause him to only be available after lunch time. Nippers is always seen around the office as being neat as well as a diligent worker when he is needed and placed dependance on. A further character of similar importance is the character aptly named ginger. This character was assigned the name, Ginger as he is known for always picking up ginger cakes. Furthermore, the character is distinguished as an errand boy who strongly dislikes being at the office. The most important character other than Bartleby was that of the narrator. The narrator is apparently Bartleby’s boss at the law firm. He is described as a passive individual who avoids confrontation.
One of the many themes of Bartleby The Scrivener is “Choices” this is because it is our human nature to question everything we do whether it is to do what we feel is right or to do the right thing. In the story Herman Melville allows us to purposely question what kinds of choices we make whether it is the correct ones or the wrong ones. Refusal for the most part takes after a fitting decision and is along these lines the consequence or some likeness thereof of ponder activity. type of questioning could leave the readers thinking of all of the potential dangers or the potential benefits of questioning everything we do. Another theme from Bartleby The Scrivener is “Rules and Order” as a race we are as successful as we are also known to have certain rules and orders we must follow in order to be successful, whether it be building a plane, obeying the traffic laws, or trying to pay for certain goods or services. This helps readers wonder whether or not following the rules or laws can still help a certain country to work or a certain civilization. Moreover throughout the story there are signs of solitude witch brings us to another theme of the story witch is “isolation”. In the story our main character Bartleby is the type of person that loves to work alone in his office. There are also signs of Bartleby not having anyone from his family or any type of close or distant friends. This adds the question to the readers as to how far is the world around him willing to question the art of communication a more detailed observation of the different chronicled, scholarly, and social settings inferred by the adjacent action of Bartleby and a mental imbalance uncovers an intricate system of talks identifying with the issue of human correspondence or rather, human correspondence as an issue.
There are two conflicts underlying the central conflict within Bartleby The Scrivener an external conflict and internal conflict. The external conflict was that the narrator has a constant struggle of encouraging Bartleby to perform his duties pertaining to the office. The internal conflict was that the narrator has a conflict within himself about his feeling towards Bartleby. Themain central conflict in Bartleby The Scrivener is that bartleby refuses to work which gives the reason to terminate him from the law office. Herman Melville States “ Imagine my surprise, nay, my consternation, when without moving from his privacy, Bartleby in a singularly mild, firm voice, replied, “I would prefer not to.” (Melvin 1476).” Without much thought or repentance Bartley simply declines the inclination of the narrator to get his work done.However, the narrator does not fire bartleby to avoid confrontation. The narrator indefinitely to avoid conflict of terminating bartleby transfers to another building. Consequently, bartleby stays remains in his current position at the law office. Eventually,when a new practice moves in he is then arrested and taken to prison.There are many themes within the story Bartleby The Scrivener. These themes include choices, rules with order, language with communication and isolation. The choices that we make have consequences.
In conclusion, what seems to really stand out within melville's story is that of the sense of isolation. Bartleby is constantly forced into isolation when he can not engage within proper communication with his coworkers as well as his boss. Hannah Winsler speaks about how truly important and monumental the theme of isolation is within the story. She states “In isolation, of course, a physical tic or sudden eccentricity would not be sufficient to disable the attribution of mental states and incite the dissolution or evacuation of the integral model of the psyche (Winsler 6).” This quote is geared toward the reasoning that Bartleby would not be adequate to handle the attribution of mental states that took place within a lawyers office. Additionally,the actuate disintegration and clearing of the fundamentals in the mind of bartleby as being insufficient and inadequate for that environment.