Bartleby Underground Man Analysis

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Throughout literature, the theme of alienation has held various personas that have been viewed in different ways. Since the 1980s the rate of adults who consider themselves isolated has doubled (Morning Shift). Learning this led me to believe that an isolated individual like Bartleby and the Underground Man are more relatable to us now. Alienation can be romanticised to an extent due to the mysteriousness a character can hold because he is an unknown. Humans find that which they cannot have the most appealing whether it be a candy bar, or allow interaction with an individual. Two of the biggest examples of alienation I have seen thus far is Bartleby and the Underground Man. Both quite odd in their own ways, but isolated nonetheless, and both by choice. Even though the two characters had their similarities they were also quite different. For example, the Underground Man while isolated at least made attempts throughout his lifetime to not be. Bartleby, however, slowly became more and more isolated as the story went on. To start off let’s discuss the Lawyer from Bartleby, the relationship the Lawyer shared with his subordinates could be identified as a Marx capitalist alienation. As theorized by Marx, alienation in the workplace is a fourfold process that involves the object being produced, the process of production, the employee, and his coworkers (Bancroft). For Bartleby, his products were copies he made for the Lawyer, and the process was the copying he did. From what I

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