What is the writer's goal in Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street? What is the purpose of the story? Was it to raise questions, motivate people to take action, change readers' perceptions, or to merely entertain?

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If we consider the narrator's sorrowful last speech in Bartleby the Scrivener--"Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!"--then we are drawn to at least one conclusion about the story's purpose: that is, to examine the human condition.   Although it is almost always difficult, and sometimes impossible, to determine an author's purpose in writing a particular piece, it is reasonable to believe that Melville--as he did in Moby Dick--used the story of Bartleby to comment on man's condition.  In this case, although the narrator seems to conclude that man travels through life essentially alone, the fact that he even comes to that conclusion is, from Melville's perspective, a good outcome.

Despite the story's title, this tale is about the narrator rather than Bartleby.  More important, the story chronicles the narrator's growing awareness of and sympathy for the difficulties inherent in human existence.  For example, at the beginning of the story, the narrator describes himself as

. . . a man who,...

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