What are some examples of symbolism, imagery, tone and theme in "Bartleby the Scrivener"?

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Early in the story the tone is "normal" and reflects the work setting. The scene is set in a typical office with typical workers, albeit each with idiosyncrasies. In short, it is a normal office setting. The tone shifts from normal to bizarre and even increasingly absurd as Bartleby begins to "prefer not to" do things. A subsequent question for the reader is whether Bartleby's behavior is absurd or if it is a justified, although odd, response to his absurd circumstance.

One of the themes of this story is the alienated man/woman in modern society, that is to say, the feeling of being an insignificant cog in an indifferent industry...

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