Bartleby Narrator

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Melville a. Narrator and Point of View The Narrator is the main character. He changes the most in his feelings and actions regarding Bartleby. Regarding the other workers, Turkey and Nippers, he is used to them and keeps them because even though they have their difficulties each day, they are both useful and good workers for part of the day: Turkey is hardworking in the morning, and Nippers is hardworking in the afternoon. The Narrator starts out hopeful that Bartleby will influence his coworkers with his calmness, but becomes shocked after Bartleby’s first refusal to review his work. After some time, he gets used to Bartleby, as he is to the others. At one point, Bartleby says he will not do any more work. At this and future refusals, the Narrator becomes annoyed but also pitiful and compassionate. He tries to do what he thinks will help Bartleby, but nothing works. Later on, people start to notice Bartleby. He asks Bartleby to leave, but does not take any further means to get him to leave. He instead moves his practice to another building, which leaves Bartleby behind and later gets Bartleby arrested. He is still compassionate until the end, to no avail. What is surprising is that the Narrator even though annoyed, never did anything further than ask or try to reason, to get Bartleby to do anything. He…show more content…
This changes because of an errand he has to complete. He became “a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man,” (pg. 805), because of a nightmare or “a dream of evil omen,” (pg. 805), that he had. He did not get to enjoy the rest of his life because of this fear. It paralyzed him. At the end, it says that “when he had lived long, and was borne to his grave, a hoary corpse, followed by Faith, an aged woman, and children and grand-children, a goodly procession, besides neighbors, not a few, they carved no hopeful verse upon his tomb-stone; for his dying hour was gloom,” (pg.
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