Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener”: Introduction of Character
In the first three paragraphs of ?Bartleby the Scrivener,? Melville
introduces a character who will be played upon and defined throughout his text.
autobiographical narrative in which the lawyer reveals much of himself to the
that the reader have this close view of him.
The repetitive ?I? in these paragraphs is important because it comes
from the lawyer’s thoughts of himself. For this text to flow in it’s intended
fact, it is these characters which consummately defines the text. Therefore,
without the lawyer’s rather unbashful introduction, the story could not complete
himself so that it may ease the transition to the reader’s acceptance of the
first person point of view.