Bartleby follows his desire to fulfill his spiritual quest as he refuses to do his job without budging, causing uproar in the office and showing his devotion to his spiritual needs. Bartleby consistently shows his refusal to complete tasks with his constant counter to demands, “’I would prefer not to’” (Melville 1109). Bartleby shows a very straightforward consistency with his answers, whereas the narrator has great bursts of reaction to Bartleby’s refusal to do work. Bartleby shows a focus of his own needs by staring out the window among other things, rather than bowing down to the needs of his boss. ...
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... communities in America. Most people are more like those who follow the government or other system, voting, but not doing. To fix a wrong in the community, the community must passively resist the needs of the system and find time to act in a way to fight an unjust action.
Melville, Herman. "Bartleby, the Scrivener." The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym. Shorter 8 ed. Vol. 1. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2012. 112-19. Print.
Teresa, Mother. "“Being Unwanted, Unloved, Uncared For, Forgotten by Everybody, I Think That Is a Much Greater Hunger, a Much Greater Poverty than the Person Who Has Nothing to Eat.”." BrainyQuote. Xplore, 2001. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.
Thoreau, Henry David. "Resistance to Civil Government." The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym. Shorter 8 ed. Vol. 1. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2012. 112-19. Print.
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