Point Of View In Bartleby, The Scrivener

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Point of View is incorporated in to stories to show the readers how the story is told. It includes describing the position and person in the story. Position is how far the narrator is from everything that is going on in the story. Person is way the narrator shows the character and their attitude.
There are four different parts that make up the Point of View. These four parts include: Third-Person Omniscient, Third Person Limited Omniscient, First Person, and the Objective.
Third-Person Omniscient is when the author of the story, tells the story as a narrator. They “know ,” “speak,” and are able to follow every character in the story.
Third-Person Limited Omniscient means that the narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character in the story. The author is still the narrator.
First Person is when the author chooses one character to tell the story. You will often see the words, “I,” and “me,” through out. The narrator will most likely be in the middle of the action, or telling the story from a past perspective.
Lastly, the objective is how the author gets the point across without interpreting the character’s feelings. According to our textbook, “E-Fictions,” it is similar to “looking at a story as if the audience were watching it through a camera lens.”
Herman Melville uses a first person point of view to show the narrator’s first hand fascination with his employee Bartleby, as well as Bartleby’s strange behavior and insubordination.
The lawyer hires Bartleby as his scrivener. He is awestruck because Bartleby is so quick and efficient. He asks Bartleby to help him examine papers and Bartleby replies,” I would prefer not to.”
Bartleby’s reply surprised the lawyer. The lawyer repeated himself. Bartleby maintains. “I prefer not to.”
“What do you mean? Are you moonstruck? I want you to help me compare this sheet here-take it,” and I thrust it towards him, retorted the lawyer.
These quotes illustrate to the reader how first person works. Notice the use of the word “I” and “me.” These words should trigger the reader, and let them know that the story is being told in first person.
Voice is the way the author demonstrates the attitude and personality of the characters. It is their, “persona.”
The voice of the narrator in this case confirms that he is truly taken aback by Bartleby. His attitude reflects why he gets upset with him. He just can’t figure him out. He tells Bartleby again that he needs copies made. Bartleby emphasizes, “I would prefer not to.”
“For a few moments I was turned in to a pillar of salt, standing at the head of my seated column of clerks. Recovering myself, I advanced towards the screen, and demanded the reason for some extraordinary conduct,”...

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