Jules Verne once said, “Solitude, isolation are painful things and beyond human endurance.” Bartleby went through isolation and solitude, which in the end, these painful things exhausted him. In Bartleby, the Scrivener, one of the implicit ideas that Herman Melville wrote about is a theory called a social contract. The social contract is where a person contributes to society, while society contributes to the person. This fits in Bartleby because the lawyer tried to help Bartleby by offering him a job, a possible bonus, and a possible place of living. In Bartleby, the Scrivener, there should have been several things that society, beside the lawyer, to help Bartleby. In conclusion, the social contract was an important factor in this story; Bartleby owed adjusting his attitude to society, while society owed helping Bartleby; and this social contract can be amended for mercy and brotherhood.
The social contract was an important factor because this theory tried and should have done more to help Bartleby. The theory of a social contract is an agreement among individuals of a society in order to cooperate for social benefits. This theory became popular in the sixtieth century, seventh century, and eightieth century, especially among the leading theorists of their time such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. These theorists used this as a means of explaining the birth of government and the responsibility of the people. In Bartleby, the Scrivener, this