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Workers of the World : The Representation of Labor
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Bartleby the Scrivener' by Melville
Bartleby, the Scrivener" is a story about the physical and mental degeneration of a man, an alienation of an individual from his own humanity (Bergmann, 2).
In the same capacity, time is money. Every effort that a business puts while considering time factors determines the productivity at the end. In relation to labour, Melville’s book “Bartleby, the Scrivener” clearly brings out the issue of time management through the elderly lawyer who hires copyists who have unique ways of working. The narrator is the elderly lawyer. The story introduces as to the business carried out being sale of mortgages, deeds and bonds to very wealthy people. The story tells how this successful lawyer on Wall Street hires Bartleby, a scrivener, to relieve the load of work experienced by his law firm. For two days, Bartleby executes his job with skill and gains the owner's confidence for his diligence. (Bergmann, 3). It is rather interesting to realize how things can take a wrong turn. The copyist begins demonstrating signs of mental imbalance by refusing to proofread his work, finally refusing to copy altogether. Instead, he stares out the window at a blank wall. (Bergmann, 3). After making a discovery about Bartleby’s condition, the lawyer readily allows him to get some rest. This is because the mental imbalance is due to eyestrain. However, due to time being lost, the owner of the business is on the move to replace Bartleby because he finds him so reluctant. Bartleby however refuses to leave. ...
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