Bartleby The Scrivener Short Story Essay

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Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener," a story about a Wall Street lawyer dealing with a worker who refuses to do anything when asked, and Stephen Crane's "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," a story about a recent married marshal going back home with his wife and encounters a drunk named Scratchy Wilson have countless differences throughout the story including tone and setting. The short stories have characterized the use of conflict, which is contrasted amongst each other such as isolation. Isolation is reflected in the stories with rising conflicts, which happens to be a critical aspect of the given core. In both stories, the authors are able to advance the conflict of theme in a distinctive fashion. In "Bartleby the Scrivener," Melville focuses on the repetition of the statement, "I would prefer not to" by Bartley symbolizes confrontations in the narrative (8). He keeps staring out of the window and this does not go down well with his boss who expects him to listen to instructions. Later on, the conflict escalates when he is thrown out of the building that not only served as his…show more content…
Bartleby's narration ends in a low and sad tone because of Bartleby's death. By visiting the tomb, the lawyer understands that Bartleby is faced with various challenges. Another sad moment is noted when the employees' vagrancy forced the boss to a life of isolation. The Lawyer is filled with pity for Bartleby and was mindful. He wondered what was wrong with Bartleby and tried many ways to help, but he never accepted the Layer’s requests. On the contrary, in Crane's story the ending is positive and is marred with optimism. The society was confined in a rigid way of thought, but this was changed when Jack Potter went against community norms and came back home with a bride. The ending of any story is essential in that it serves as a fulfillment for the audience, but the setting is also
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