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Bartleby: A Christ-figure

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  1. Introduction
  2. The character of our Savior Jesus Christ
  3. Causing some change in the narrator's life
  4. Bartleby as a Christ figure
  5. Emphasis on the 'waning authority' of Christian upbringing
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance,? concludes the lawyer in Melville's ?Bartleby the Scrivener? (Arp and Johnson 589). This statement rings true, as any reader of the enigmatic short story will find himself or herself equally aggravated by the strange characteristics of Bartleby, the extra copyist. Herman Melville has baffled literary critics for decades with this short story; countless different theories have been suggested to explain his purpose for such an ambiguous character. These theories even include a variegated list of other authors on which Melville based the inscrutable character, including Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne (McCall 14). However, none of these theories are as easily argued as one theory in particular. The characteristics of Bartleby make him a literary Christ-figure.

Key Words- Jesus, prophet Isaiah , Son of God

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