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February 16th, 2008

Episode 107: Plath, Poe, Pope, Pound

“Ah Bartleby, Ah Humanity!” This is the key to Herman Melville’s story “Bartleby, the Scrivener” because it indicates that the image of Bartleby stands as a symbol for humanity on a universal level. This story is appealing for its symbolism and, in turn, functions as a commentary on society and the working world. Bartleby is a seemingly homeless, mentally disturbed scrivener who gives up on the prospect of living life and alienates himself from it. He embodies many “conflicts” of humanity, such as mortality, alienation, and man’s desire for peace. With these characteristics, the last line of this short story is very significant.

In this strip, humanity has been reduced to the slang word “deck,” which means cool and hasn’t been used in a sincere manner since the early twenty-aughts.

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