Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street Questions and Answers
by Herman Melville

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In Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener," why is Bartleby so confined when he works? Even when he works diligently, he is closed off from everyone.

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"Bartleby the Scrivener" is one of Melville's more challenging short fictions and your question requires an answer that is more oblique than usual. To me, Bartleby the Scrivener has always represented passive resistance...to anything besides his one set routine. With his answers of "I prefer not to" he "closes" himself off to his employer and from the other employees in the office....

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