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A Sociological Reading of the Short Story Bartleby or Bartleby as a Social Microcosm

Abstract : Masters thesis on Bartleby The Scrivener by Melville, published in 1853. The analysis aims at understanding the short story in sociological terms. The dynamic of the microcosm within the office is thus described, in order to understand the extent of the consequences of the arrival of Bartleby, the scrivener newly hired by the narrator. The idea which is developed is the fact that the office stands for society in general, adopting a typical industrial hierarchical organization. Then, the society of the novella as it is presented is going to be shaken by the inner peculiarity of the scrivener. It arguably goes back to normal upon the death of Bartleby, but the office has undoubtedly been stained by the presence of the scrivener. This enigmatic character leaves every generation of readers in the shadow when it comes to his inner motives.
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Lény Tabuce. A Sociological Reading of the Short Story Bartleby or Bartleby as a Social Microcosm. Literature. 2012. ⟨dumas-00931457⟩



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