To start a good thesis, I'd suggest honing in on which parts of the story really speak to you. What message do you think the author is trying to deliver, and how can you present that as an effective road (or thought) map for your paper? Once you decide on these key ideas, the paper should begin to take shape. Just remember that the thesis should be a debatable yet defendable statement, and as you write it, try to link to specific key words or ideas that will become the body paragraphs of your essay.
Here are a couple of ideas that could work with the story (without knowing what speaks to you):
The narrator is responsible for Bartleby's death. In this paper, you could examine how the narrator has a greater moral obligation than he recognizes in making sure a fellow human is cared for. When the narrator abandons Bartleby to the new occupants of the building, he exhibits a lack of moral guidance in protecting this man.
Adhering to social norms is necessary in order to function in society . In...
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