Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John Gardner

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street.
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Critical Essay by John Gardner

SOURCE: " 'Bartleby': Art and Social Commitment," in Philological Quarterly, Vol. XLIII, No. 1, January, 1964, pp. 87-98.

Gardner was an American novelist, educator, and critic with a special interest in medieval literature. As a critic, he championed the moral function of literature. In the following essay, he analyzes the relationship of the individual to society as portrayed in "Bartleby, the Scrivener."

In "Bartleby," man looks at man, artist looks at artist, and God looks at God. To understand that the narrator is at least as right as Bartleby, both on the surface and on symbolic levels, is to understand the remarkable interpenétration of form and content in the story. Most Melville readers have noticed that on one level, Bartleby can represent the honest artist: he is a "scrivener" who refuses to &#x...

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