English Paper

Address the prompt below in a thesis-driven essay of at least three full pages (double-spaced, in12-point Times New Roman). Be sure to support your argument with specific evidence drawnfrom the text. Avoid simply rehearsing remarks already covered in class and strive instead for anoriginal reading that showcases your own interpretation. Remember that what follows is aprompt rather than a simple series of questions, and you need not account for every suggestion itraises. Narrow your response to a single, well-defined thesis that can be defended withappropriate citations. Also, bear in mind that an argumentative paper (especially one this short)generally avoids summary and long quotation. Assume that your reader is already an expert (or isat least posing as one). Dont retell the story; argue for your particular reading.

Mortified as I was at his behavior, and resolved as I had been to dismiss him when I entered myoffices, nevertheless I strangely felt something superstitious knocking at my heart, andforbidding me to carry out my purpose, and denouncing me for a villain if I dared to breathe onebitter word against this forlornest of mankind (16).

In Herman Melvilles Bartleby, the Scrivener, what accounts for the narrators oddly indulgentattitude toward the titular character? Why not immediately fire and forget the rebelliousemployee? In our discussions so far, weve mentioned compassion, fascination, self-interest, andeven admiration as potential motivators. Are any of these sufficient, or does the text suggestmore complex reasons? Why, in your reading, is the scrivener allotted such extraordinaryconsideration?

Papers will be graded on strength of argument (tenability of thesis, effective use of evidence, andoverall persuasiveness); clarity of expression (organization, style, and writing mechanics);adherence to correct structure and formatting; and originality. As with all written work in thiscourse, essays should follow MLA format