Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bartleby, the Scrivener

Should I write a lengthy review extolling the immeasurable greatness of the Bartleby story?
I would prefer not to.

Should I expound upon the genius and intellect of the author, Herman Melville?
I prefer not to.

Should I rank the story along with Poe’s Cask of Amontillado and all the other great short stories ever written?
At present I prefer to give no answer.

Should I analyze the literary techniques, devices, themes, and motifs used to tell the story?
At present I would prefer not to be a little reasonable.

Should I describe the bitter feelings of melancholic gloom that overwhelmed me upon reading the end?
I would prefer not to.


  1. When I was a teacher, I loved reading both of these stories out loud. Acting them out in front of my students. We had a blast!

  2. Now this I have read. Nice twist to the post. great story.

  3. I remember the spit from my 7th grade English teacher as he read "The Cask of Amontiallado" aloud. Awesome class.
    Awesome post, btw.