Who is the narrator of "Bartleby the Scrivener"?

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It is interesting to note that the narrator remains unnamed, even though the other characters have either names or nicknames.  This makes the narrator a bit of an everyman, and allows the readers to see the story through his eyes.  It also puts the narrator on the same level as Bartleby.  The three other workers - Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger-Nut - all have character traits that indicate they have passions and lives outside of work.  However, the focus of the plot is on Bartleby's inability to find a purpose in life, to find something he prefers to do.  Work is all he is.  Similarly, the narrator is only known to us as a lawyer, suggesting that  he, too, has little life beyond work.  This could be the reason he is so captivated by Bartleby, because he sees himself in this other man.

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