For example, The Lawyer tells the reader know that the story will focus on Bartleby, and then proceeds to not mention Bartleby until seven pages later. What We So Proudly Hail. He wonders whether such a depressing job might have driven the man to his deranged behavior. The Lawyer tells him he must, but Bartleby sits there silently. He has lost the post he occupied during the central events of the story, as the position was deemed redundant and eliminated.
This was not a style unique to Melville; his good friend Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, had a similar writing style. Nippers, on the other hand, is feeling indulgent, and says that it might just be a whim. GradeSaver, 18 November 2001 Web. The story's first-person narrator is the lawyer who runs the law office. But it is not long before the tenant of the new building shows up, wanting to know who the heck Bartleby is, and why is he living there. And so, The Lawyer resolves to keep Turkey on as an employee, mostly for his good work during the first half of the day.
He told Babo he was planning on getting supplies, but in actuality he hoped a passing vessel would save them. This short story is both humorous and tragic. At this point, Bartleby becomes a testament to the limits of charity and the inherent self-annihilating flaw of extreme passive resistance , as when The Lawyer returns to his office to offer Bartleby his old job back, or to get him a new job, or to take Bartleby into his own home until they can determine a better solution, Bartleby resists all of these efforts. But even more significant than this level of detail is Melville's pacing. Cereno finishes the story, claiming that the ship spent months on the sea with no wind, and that all the officers and most of the crew died from scurvy.
It was not accessible to the common prisoners. The lawyer has employed four workers, but his office is a replica of the hierarchical stratification of labor as well as the impersonality attributes of the industrialization system. The narrator reflects that the dead letters would have made anyone of Bartleby's temperament sink into an even darker gloom. The Lawyer even invites Bartleby to stay at his own home, but Bartleby refuses. Nothing too weird exhibits itself, and though Bartleby is oddly quiet, the Narrator finds this a relief, compared to the eccentricities of Nippers and Turkey. Those who would have received them have ceased to exist.
But soon afterward, the new tenants of the narrator's old offices come to him asking for help: Bartleby will not leave. Sensing the threat to his reputation but emotionally unable to evict Bartleby, the narrator moves his business out. It sank, and both men drowned. The lawyer visits Bartleby there. He can't get him to join the proofreading sessions. Yes, Bartleby, stay there behind your screen, thought I; I shall persecute you no more; you are harmless and noiseless as any of these old chairs… At last I see it, I feel it; I penetrate to the predestinated purpose of life… Others may have loftier parts to enact; but my mission in this world, Bartleby, is to furnish you with office-room for such period as you may see fit to remain.
The second sketch describes three tortoises that were brought onto the ship. He shares some resemblance to Melville's character. He informs his employer that he's given up copying for good. Get a complete paper today. The Egyptian character of the masonry weighed upon me with its gloom.
When he goes to his employees to ask their opinion, Nippers is mild and Turkey wants to punch Bartleby's lights out it being afternoon. He sees a young slave hit a white cabin boy, and chides Cereno for allowing this to happen. However, despite this conclusion between the other four members of the office, Bartleby remains hiding behind his screen, and though The Lawyer verbally urges him to do his duty, Bartleby passively abstains, until The Lawyer gives up and decides to do it on his own. Further, when Bartleby winds up in prison and The Lawyer returns to Bartleby to offer him good food to eat to keep him alive, again Bartleby resists, preferring not to eat until he, presumably, dies. He escapes to the mainland of Peru, but his suspicious character gives him away, and he is thrown in jail. Behind the narrator's desk is a bust of Cicero, the great Roman writer and orator. He is at the office first in the morning, and is the last to leave.
The Narrator does the best he can, and just doesn't give Turkey very important work after lunch. But when he returns to the office after hours, Bartleby is still there. However, when asked, Bartleby prefers not to say anything about himself or his past. The Lawyer stands there, unsure what to do. It is important to note the other characters in the story, as well as Melville's style. Since Middle Age times, skilled artisans created most manufactures.