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The Softhearted Humanity of Bartleby the Scrivener Essay

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The Softhearted Humanity of Bartleby the Scrivener What is to be done or said about the numerous "Bartlebys" of this planet? They come in many shapes and sizes, and are therefore misunderstood and boggled about for different reasons, but all of them trigger a sense of softhearted humanity in all they touch. Herman Melville's Bartleby lets the reader create what they please regarding the baffling scrivener that, very simply stated throughout the narrative, "would choose to not" do anything. Yet his employer just cannot seem to become mad, for Bartleby does not refuse to work, he only, and apparently regrettably, states that he would rather not execute his educated duties. He does not say it in vain, but instead in despair. There's something about Bartleby that hastens the reader, yet makes them slightly angry over Bartleby's persistent stubbornness. The narrator felt calm although somewhat confused by Bartleby's impassive declines. Although the narrator, an lawyer, employed quite a strange few of scriveners to operate under him, Bartleby was by far the most complex, for each time that his employer asked he examine a copied paper, Bartleby could reservedly answer, "I'd prefer to not", and move with his copying. "I looked at him steadfastly. His face was leanly composed; his gray eyes dimly calm. Not a wrinkle of agitation rippled him. Had there been the least uneasiness, anger, impatience or impertinence in his manner...had there was anything ordinarily human about him, doubtless I should have violently dismissed him from the premises." This quote suggests the exceptional influence Bartleby owns; the mark that he makes on a mere man of the very same species, also on of a strong mind. And the attorney even says, "...

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