In Bartleby the Scrivener, do you sympathize more with Bartleby or with the narrator? What would you have done with Bartleby?

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Without wishing to sound in any way evasive, I sympathize with both characters. I sympathize with Bartelby, because it's clear that there's something wrong with him; I also sympathize with his employer because he has a business to run and doesn't know how to handle this strange individual holding up the work of the entire office. However, if push came to shove, I'd say that my main sympathies are with Bartleby, as he appears to be experiencing some kind of mental health issue. Whatever the precise diagnosis, it's clear that Bartleby's pretty much given up on life, and for whatever reason no longer feels that he can go on.

With regards to how he should've been handled, that's a difficult question. When Melville wrote the story, mental...

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