Bartleby the Scrivener as a Romantic

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The boss hires Bartleby without question and quickly grows to like him. However, soon Bartleby "prefers not to" do his work and becomes totally unreasonable. The boss is patient, and goes with this for a while, yet soon things start to get out of hand. He isn't even allowed into his own offices every morning! There comes a point in which the boss is about to strike Bartleby with all his anger, but he catches himself and feels guilt ridden and disgusted...
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This shows him as being a Neoclassicist, as he still has order and control, yet not fully in the classic way. Even though he is civil to Bartleby, still he is doing nothing productive to either get rid of or help Bartleby; he is caring, selfless, and humane. Because of this, I see the Boss as being an example of what Romanticism does to Neoclassicism...
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