Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street Questions and Answers
by Herman Melville

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In "Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street" why does the lawyer not fire Bartleby?

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There are several reasons for why Melville gives the lawyer so much difficulty in knowing how to handle Bartleby, including not knowing how to fire him in "Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street ." The reason have to do with the personal qualities Melville is exploring and themes he is presenting. First, in the lawyer's character, Melville is exploring the personality traits of contentment coupled with successful enterprise that is respected and rewarded even though it is without energetic ambition....

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