Study Guide

Bartleby the Scrivener Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

By Herman Melville

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Honestly, "Bartleby" is just a little too odd to fit into any of Booker's categories. Yes, there is a plot here – but it's not clearly definable by any classic pattern. Really, "Bartleby" is a pure exploration of human nature rather than a conventional "story," which is what makes this tale both so fascinating and so frustrating at times.

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