The Confusing Scrivener Essay

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"Bartleby the Scrivener" presents the reader with confusion throughout the story but it is a "pleasurable and disquietude" story and entertaining until the end (Prompt.) Bartleby is repetitive on refusing to complete activities; the reader might wonder, "why not just agree, and do the activity one has requested to be completed?" Thus, the reader becomes confused. However, this is not the only thing that confuses the reader; Bartleby's bizarre behaviors confuse the reader, yet draw the reader into the story more. These behaviors lead to unhealthy relationships and even unhealthy diets; both build up to the ending of the story- Bartlyby's death.
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This confuses the reader bringing entertainment, while keeping the reader reading, until the end.
This constant refusal, from Bartleby, to complete any task, is impolite as well as bizarre. Bartleby works as a scrivener and refuses to do any duties of a scrivener. Nevertheless, this is not the only bizarre behavior Bartleby displays. Bartleby sleeps in the office at night; normal people go home and sleep in beds, not at offices! Either way Bartleby is now spending day as well as night at his employment yet he still refuses to finish any task. If one planned to leave all task unfinished at their employment, why would they stay at their employment, all the time? Perhaps Bartleby is attached to his employment building or perhaps Bartleby feels secure at his employment. No matter what, this is bizarre for a grown man! Furthermore, these bizarre behaviors Bartleby displays draw attention to him in the work area. The narrator is preoccupied with Bartleby and constantly observing him like bacteria under a microscope. The narrator also never stands up to Bartleby, does not make Bartleby leave the office, and allows Bartleby to never complete any task. Why does the narrator allow Bartleby to stay and not complete any tasks? The narrator does this because he is afraid to hurt Bartleby and does not like confrontation. Additionally, the narrator is curious about Bartleby and wants to learn more about Bartleby. However, this allows Bartleby to push limits constantly with no regard to how it affects the people around him. The narrator is consistently questioning Bartleby about himself with no answers to these questions...

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