Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street Herman Melville? Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street? is a complex story that is not an easy read. Melville writes in a very odd way to describe his character, Bartleby. Bartleby frustrated me as a reader because that he did not seize opportunities to better his life and consequently his life got worse. Bartleby frustrates me because that he does not let the rest of the world be a part of his world. To live a life that consists of happiness in a society you must receive the society that you are in. Bartleby slowly closes off himself from the rest of the world, Thereby closing off his own life.
One of the more frustrating aspects about Bartleby is that he has so much opportunity. The chances are put into his hands, he does not even have to work towards a relationship with society, all he has to do is accept the one that is being given to him. Bartleby? s problem effects everyone around him, he is causing people to give their time up to try and approach him, to try and address the situation that he has brought into their lives. It is Bartleby? s decision to live his live as a hermit, and he has the right to that decision, yet since he is in a busy society he is letting that decision bring other people down.