Bartleby The Scrivener Critical Analysis

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What is humanity? Humanity is the fact or condition of being a human being, or in other words being emotionally inclined. Being inhuman would be the opposite, thus the lack of emotion in one. The final line of Herman Melville’s short story, “Bartleby the Scrivener” says, “Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!”. This line points out how Melville could be making a powerful explanation about how can one can act as indicated by a specific thought of humanness, that being depicted through all of the characters other than Bartleby, such as Turkey, Ginger Nut, Nippers, and the narrator. Within the closing remark of “Bartleby the Scrivener”, Melville, could be explaining that faults in humanity are natural and inevitable; however not having the ability to show emotion and having a connection with one’s surrounding world is probably one of the greatest tragedies a person could go through or experience. The main character Bartleby is described as completely without emotion, at one point “…he wrote on silently, palely, mechanically”(Melville), as well as, imaged as a ghost. “Bartleby the Scrivener” shows that of an internal conflict, the narrator has to deal with someone who appears to be without any human attributes. A perfect example of this situation is when Bartleby declines the task that was given to him by the lawyer. Bartleby's plain, uncommunicative nature is a perfect explanation for his common response, "I would prefer not."
He never gives a definite answer in the same
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