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1. Explain why Melville ends “Bartleby” with “Ah, humanity!” 2. Analyze the controlling symbol of the wall in “Bartleby.” 3. Explain how “Bartleby” reflects Melville’s rebellion against the literary establishment. 4. Evaluate the role of these minor figures in the plot of “Bartleby”: Turkey, Nippers, Ginger Nut, the landlord, and […]

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The Lawyer A complacent, self-satisfied professional “conveyancer and title hunter,” the narrator of the story, who is nearly sixty years old, refers to himself as “rather elderly.” Imbued with the philosophy that the “easiest way of life is the best,” he enjoys the rewards of the office of Master in […]

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