Understanding Alienation and Social Alienation What Does Alienation Feel Like? Dimensions of Alienation

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    In Bartleby, the Scrivener (1853) by Herman Melville, Bartleby, a mysterious man hired by the narrator as a scrivener, or law-copyist, copies legal documents by hand. However, he declines to do any of the other tasks the job requires, telling the narrator, I would prefer not to. Eventually, Bartleby tells the narrator that he has decided to stop writing (copying the legal documents) altogether. When the narrator, exasperated, asks for a reason, Bartleby replies, Do you not see the reason for yourself? (18).

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