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Who is the protagonist in Bartleby the Scrivener? Whose story is it?

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tracy123 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 27, 2008 at 11:01 AM via web

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Who is the protagonist in Bartleby the Scrivener? Whose story is it?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 27, 2008 at 4:45 PM (Answer #1)

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The protagonist of this story is the narrator, a Wall Street attorney whose name we never learn. The very obvious antagonist is Bartleby. Even though the gist of the story is how strange Bartleby is and the odd things he does, it is the narrator's story of how he dealt with of this man who constantly prefers not to. What we know about Bartleby comes only from what the narrator tells us. We don't know his thoughts or feelings or motivations.

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