The lawyer did try to help Bartleby in the beginning, but I see it as a charity case; and that the lawyer only did so for to relieve his own conscience, because if the lawyer indeed did want to help Bartleby he would... ... middle of paper ... ...e can conclude that Herman Melville represents the lawyer in “Bartleby the Scrivener” in which their lives and struggles in life are particularly similar; and face those difficulties with same technique. The lawyer does indeed appear to be a kind man who wants to help Bartleby, yet he chose not to put the effort into helping him and be the authority that he is. Works Cited Page: John, Richard R. "The Lost World of Bartleby, the Ex-Officeholder: Variations on a Venerable Literary Form." JSTOR. The New England Quarterly, Inc., 23 Sept. 2010.
Another example of Darcy displaying his good pride is through his love for Elizabeth. Darcy expresses his love for Elizabeth by paying for Wickham’s debts. As a result, he helps the Bennet family from having to pay a fortune. Darcy conveys his strong admiration for Elizabeth not by direct love, rather he turns to her family as a way of transmitting his adoration for her. This act of helping her family shows how his love for Elizabeth is so powerful, it causes him to help her family for the sake of helping them and not for a good reputation.
The narrator seems to have a sincere wish to help Bartleby in whatever way he can. His sincerity, though, is questionable. Every time the narrator tries to assist Bartleby, he seems to do it only to gratify himself. After the narrator informs Bartleby that the office must be vacated, he says to himself, "As I walked home in a pensive mood, my vanity got the better of my pity." The narrator is glad to have gotten rid of Bartleby, but only it seems, because he gave Bartleby money.
From this moment on the lawyers conflict with Bartleby will only grow the rising tension between the lawyer and his own past. If the lawyer makes Bartleby find value in his own life he will in turn ensure the validity of his own. But unfortunately for the poor lawyer, Bartleby will make no change despite his best efforts. The lawyer views Bartleby now as a friend, and wants nothing more than the man to return back to society. He wants Bartleby to return to society, and wants to show him the good things of the world.
I can get along with him… To befriend Bartleby, to humor him in his strange willfulness, will cost me little or nothing, while I lay up in my soul what will eventually prove a sweet morsel for my conscience (Melville, 13). Herman Melville’s “Bartleby” is a deceptively complex short story that shows the misconstrued definition that society holds for charity. The narrator of the story, who is responsible for the above statement, represents the manner in which many approach the act of helping others – beginning with the notion of pity, the charitable often assume that those with fewer material items are in automatic need of assistance, and then, if the situation presents the potential giver no inhibitions and possible self-gratification, he feels willing to share with the less fortunate what he has. Unfortunately, as soon as the donator begins to feel hindered by the charity in the social aspects of living, it is very easy for him to brush the charitable to the side. This representation in “Bartleby” is seen when, at first, the narrator feels it is his predestinated purpose in life to furnish Bartleby with office room for such a period as he sees fit – the narrator finds it easy to think of supporting Bartleby because there was something about him “that not only strangely disarmed [him], but, in a wonderful manner, touched and disconcerted [him]” (11), and brought a feeling of well-being to his conscious.... ... middle of paper ... ... such a significantly strong character and presence in this story, it would be unreasonable for him to seemingly give up and die from lack of food.
Bartleby is a quiet, initially efficient, anti-social man. Bartleby, to the lawyer, doesn’t seem to have any other ambitions rather than being a scrivener for him. All of that starts to change when Bartleby begins to not want to do some of the tasks the lawyer asks him to do. The first instance of this is when he is asked to proofread one of the copies he just completed, “…rapidly stating what it was I wanted him to do – namely, to examine a small paper with me…Bartleby, in very firm voice, replied, “I would prefer not to.”(Melville 17). The example stated above can be related to the aspect of “bad bosses” in many ways, one of which is the lawyers’ inability to fire Bartleby when he begins nonchalantly preferring not do the job he was hired for.
Henchard, though disappointed, argued the value of his ability to work with a determination he had never known before. He argued long and hard, with smart and clever thought and speech, managing to gain many concessions from the man. He failed, however, to gain much overall in the way of salary from the shopkeeper in this negotiation, for the man simply had nothing more to give. He managed to negotiate a salary that would allow him to survive, but barely. It was as Henchard moved to shake on the deal when a patron of the shop spoke up.
I guess Tom was tired of taking white man’s chances and preferred to take his own.” (p. 235-236) Atticus knows that killing Tom Robinson was unnecessary and that they would have had a good chance with a better jury. However, he does not lose his temper and continues to think clearly. Even with all the things that he and his family have had to endure, he understands that violence or revenge will not solve any of his problems. It is in this way that he is an educated man. Another characteristic of an educated man is that he is able to endure things he feels is distasteful.
Mitchell Stephens is fighting this case with everything he's got because he wants to give the people of Sam Dent something he himself may never have, closure. There is more to him then just his obvious outer sly appearance. He uses all of his professional skills to inspire his clients, whom he cares about, with moral vengeance and visions of huge monetary settlements. At first the community seems to fall apart after the accident but in the end it is shown to be just as strong as it was before, gaining its own sense of closure even though it lost the case. In a sense the town needed Mitchell Stephens to make them realize that sometimes things just happen without reason and having a sense of community is the only way to get through tough times.
Donald Farfrae captures the aud... ... middle of paper ... ...n emotions and relationships, and though he is not the cause, he is an element of Michael Henchard's downfall. Farfrae makes one decision after another, which are good decisions in themselves, but have terrible consequences for Henchard. But through all of this turmoil he causes, he is completely innocent. He was simply being true to himself and does not mean to cause trouble. It is for this very reason that the audience cannot loathe Farfrae, as he is simply obtuse about certain areas of life.