Bartleby The Scrivener Dehumanization Analysis

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“Bartleby, the Scrivener”, by Herman Melville uses dehumanization in his story by hiring four new employees. The nameless lawyer hires one particular employee whose name is Bartleby who starts off working tirelessly. One day the nameless lawyer asked Bartleby to examine some papers with him and by the lawyer’s surprise Bartleby replied, “I would prefer not to.” The lawyer then was shocked by Bartleby’s answer, he said that his ears have deceived him. Melville is using Bartleby as a symbol of the lower class workers in a class-divided society, and he shows how these workers are viewed.
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