Bartleby, the Scrivener

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Mother Teresa once said, “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” (Teresa). Many people in our world are left forgotten in the numerous folds of our world, and those are the people who are the most important to pay attention to. Bartleby is an example of one of these people, someone who becomes poked fun at and sometimes rejected. However, Bartleby pushes on because of a deep devotion to finding his internal world, following through with his actions to his very end. Bartleby can be closely related to Henry David Thoreau’s principles in Resistance to Civil Government as Bartleby takes action in his own hands. Bartleby closely follows Thoreau’s principles in Henry David Thoreau's Resistance to Civil Government as the fulfillment of Bartleby’s spiritual quest surpasses the accomplishment in his physical life because Bartleby passively refuses to complete the tasks of his job, peacefully resists the demands of the narrator and others, and sturdily follows his path in the face of turmoil and discontent from others. 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. ... ... middle of paper ... ... 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. Works Cited 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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