Character Analysis Of Herman Melville's 'Bartleby'

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One can only help those who want to be helped and make an effort to fix the problems in their life. An unnamed lawyer, the narrator of Herman Melville’s tale Bartleby, found this out this out the hard way when a young man named Bartleby came to work for him. At first Bartleby was an excellent worker, but after a while, he began to lose his eyesight and was unable to work. Despite the lawyer’s offers of help, Bartleby did not want to do anything and made no effort to find a new line of work. Do to his encounters with Bartleby, the lawyer creates a theory which is that, the hearts of people naturally want to sympathize with those who are suffering, but when the suffering is so great that no matter what happens, nothing can be done to help them, common sense tells the soul to rid itself from the person in order to save themselves. This theory is relevant to all people, not just the lawyer. It also suggests that everyone has obligations to their neighbors as well as their fellow citizens. The idea that the human heart naturally wants to help those in the mists of pain until common sense has deemed their case hopeless, is a present theme throughout the Melville’s story of Bartleby. In the tale, the lawyer took pity on Bartleby and constantly tried to help him even though he could be difficult at times. However, as the story progresses, it becomes clear to the lawyer that Bartleby does not want to be helped and would not try to fix any of the problems he was facing. The lawyer
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