CHARACTERS ↠ Bartleby the ScrivenerBenito Cereno

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Bartleby the ScrivenerBenito CerenoN's struggle against the forces of evil the carefully developed and mysteriously guarded plot builds to a dramatic climax while revealing the horror and depravity of which man is capableReprinted here from standard texts in a finely made yet inexpensive new edition these stories offer the general reader and students of Melville and American literature sterling examples of a literary giant at his story telling best back cov. I absolutely loved reading Bartleby I haven't had the opportunity of reading Melville's novels before and I was greatly impressed by his workI cannot do this review without spoiling uite completely the story So be warned ;view spoilerBartleby the scrivener is an enigma from the beginning to the end of the novel The story that is being told by a supposed second character the lawyer in his limited first person POV is supposed to be about him Bartleby but in the end turns out to be about the misunderstanding of a relationship and the difficulty of society in dealing with mental illnessProfessional relationships are sometimes even closer and deeper than personal relationships We spend hours awaken hours working eating drinking and even partying with our colleagues If counted in hours most of the personal relationships we have are less longer in those terms than working relationships But Bartleby has no relationships How can Bartleby be without relationships when he works with 4 persons in the same room that turned out to be his house And his weird behavior determines and affects all the persons in the lawyer's office and his partners outside it His answer to the lawyer's reuests I would prefer not to spreads throughout the office as a plague turning what was already a weird place into a chaotic surreal officeHis extremely polite negative answers create discord between the narrator and his other employees When it culminates in no answers at all as Bartleby turns into a shocking silent breathing statue in the middle of the working office a supreme force against the changes the new the future as he alienates himself from the world in a clear mental illness it creates discord with his business partners It's then that the financial abuse and total neglect of the lawyer in understanding and in communicating with Bartleby show themselvesThe lawyer to rid himself of Bartleby's presence moves to another office and leaves a stationary autist Bartleby to his own luck to his unchangeable almost unstoppable I prefer not to hide spoiler

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Gory set in the business world of mid 19th century New York A strange enigmatic man employed as a clerk in a legal office Bartleby forces his employer to come to grips with the most basic uestions of human responsibility and haunts the latter's conscience even after Bartleby's dismissalBenito Cereno considered one of Melville's best short stories deals with a bloody slave revolt on a Spanish vessel A splendid parable of ma. I grabbed this book for the enigmatic short story Bartleby but it was the second story Benito Cereno set on a merchant ship carrying slaves that completely blew me away I had no prior knowledge of its plot or the history it was based on so I was a sitting duck for Melville’s brilliant and ruthless deceptions The suspense of this story is twofold that of its plot and that of being forced as a reader to wait and struggle to discern just exactly what Melville was saying about the subject matter

SUMMARY Bartleby the ScrivenerBenito Cereno

CHARACTERS ↠ Bartleby the ScrivenerBenito Cereno ↠ Herman Melville towers among American writers not only for his powerful novels but also for the stirring novellas and short stories that flowed from his pen Two of the most admired of these — Bartleby and Benito Cereno — first appeared as magazine pieces and were then publishHerman Melville towers among American writers not only for his powerful novels but also for the stirring novellas and short stories that flowed from his pen Two of the most admired of these Bartleby and Benito Cereno first appeared as magazine pieces and were then published in 1856 as part of a collection of short stories entitled The Piazza TalesBartleby also known as Bartleby the Scrivener is an intriguing moral alle. To a sensitive being pity is not seldom pain And when at last it is perceived that such pity cannot lead to effectual succor common sense bids the soul be rid of it Bartleby the ScrivenerLife glues us together in ways we can’t anticipate obliging us to broaden our individual frames of reference in order to imagine the other overcoming our self centered blindnessThat inevitable interconnectedness is most plausible in Melville’s most enduring and intriguing short novellas Bartleby the Scrivever and Benito CerenoWhen a New York lawyer needs to hire another copyist it is Bartleby who responds to his advertisement and arrives pallidly neat pitiably respectable incurably forlornAt first a diligent employee he soon begins to refuse work saying only I would prefer not to So begins the story of Bartleby—passive to the point of absurdity yet extremely disturbing—which rapidly turns from farce to inexplicable tragedy The employer being a first person conscious narrator who uses the piece of literature he composes as a means of contemplating his situation in life It becomes clear that his use of Christian and classical imagery hints at an understanding of what is right and wrong and some –partial awareness of his own moral deficiency I have to admit I was than puzzled by this eccentric clerk I couldn’t understand his passive refusal to work and I changed my view upon him several times along with the biased narrator sometimes seeing him as a sort of Christ figure or an exploited worker others as a Thoreau like practitioner of passive resistanceIt wasn’t until I read the last lines of the tale that the setting of the story this business world symbolized by omnipresent Wall Street buildings surrounding the office pinpointing the growing division between employer and employee and between the capitalist and working classes took full force making me ponder how the choice of one particular perspective determine the responsibility of our actions In short who is to blameIn Benito Cereno we come across a naïve American sea captain who stumbles upon the remnants of a violent rebellion in a merchant Spanish vessel called San Dominick which carried black slaves but fails to recognize the horrors that have occurred on board Overflowing with symbolic richness and narrative complexity Melville manages to depict human depravity and moral relativism in little than fifty pages Shadows present foreshadowing deeper shadows to come Benito CerenoSpanish or American Captain or slave Black or white How disastrous the conseuences are in the way we fill out those categories And whereas I have read some opinions emphasizing the racist stereotypes of this short story I can advocate in saying that the patronizing and limited views of the American sea captain are all proved wrong one by one Also in pointing out that although the African slaves can be seen as representatives of pure evil in the brutal way they kill his white masters Melville also shows both how the mutineers of the San Dominick abide by America’s founding principles –“Live Free or Die” – and also how the barbarism of slavery gives way to other barbaric acts And how the use of Christian imagery adds to the indictment of European Colonization in particular and Western arrogance and racism in general In both stories we encounter a confident person who is unexpectedly confronted with the mysterious “other” that challenges his snug and comfortable outlook on life testing his goodness in presenting him with morally ambiguous situations His reactions our reactions need to derive far from beyond our individual self so we can embrace the different who is starving for understanding and become one in this richly atomized world we live in ”But the past is passed; why moralize upon it Forget it See yon bright sun has forgotten it all and the blue sea and the blue sky; these have turned over new leaves”“Because they have no memory” he dejectedly replied; “because they are not human” Benito Cereno