Depression In Herman Melville's 'Bartleby'

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Herman Melville’s short story, “Bartleby” is a story of a successful lawyer that hires a man named Bartleby as his scrivener in his firm on Wall Street. The man Bartleby does his office tasks but not for too long. Throughout most of the story you can see that the phrase, “I prefer not to” being used. Bartley looses his job, ends up in prison and dies because he prefers not to do anything for example, even things like not eating. I believe that this character Bartleby was severely depressed to the point where it took over his life, because he starved himself to death. I believe this story shows a clear example of depression and how it takes over one’s life. Bartleby became like a robot and he isolated himself these are clear signs of depression.

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