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Bartleby, the Scrivener

Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
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"Bartleby, the Scrivener" is a thought-provoking novella that delves into themes of isolation, capitalism, and the human condition. The story follows the narrator, a lawyer, as he hires Bartleby, a talented but enigmatic scrivener who gradually starts to refuse tasks with the simple phrase, "I would prefer not to."

As Bartleby's passive resistance grows, the lawyer's attempts to understand and control him only lead to frustration and a sense of powerlessness. The narrator's struggle to comprehend Bartleby's motivations mirrors larger questions about society's treatment of marginalized individuals and the blurry line between compassion and exploitation.

Melville's writing is both concise and deeply moving, capturing the complexities of human relationships and the struggle for autonomy in a world driven by conformity and greed. "Bartleby, the Scrivener" forces readers to confront uncomfortable truths about power dynamics and the consequences of indifference. This timeless classic is a poignant reminder of the importance of empathy and the dangers of ignoring the humanity of others.

Book Description:
Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a novella by the American novelist Herman Melville (1819–1891). It first appeared anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 editions of Putnam's Magazine, and was reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856.

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