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             "It is dangerous to isolate oneself; dangerous for an individual and .
             oneself can be dangerous, as in the case of Bartleby, a character in .
             Herman Melville's novella Bartleby. Bartleby's isolation was .
             dangerous; it led to his depression and his death. The motif of the .
             story is the isolation of Bartleby from society. Three literary .
             devices support the motif: symbolism, descriptive passages, and irony.
              The walls symbolize Bartleby's isolation from society; descriptive .
             passages convey his loneliness; irony further expounds upon the motif.
                             Symbolism supports the motif of Bartleby being isolated from society.
               The symbolism is in this quotation, "Still further to a .
             satisfactory arrangement, I procured a high green folding screen, .
             which might entirely isolate Bartleby from my sight, though note .
             remove him from my voice." In this quotation, the narrator put up a .
             screen to separate his office from Bartleby's, isolating him from the .
             other members of his staff and thus from humanity. The phrase, "I .
             prefer not to," also tells the reader about Bartleby isolating .
             himself. The phrase shows his lack of involvement, another form of .
             isolation. The narrator tells the reader exactly what he did to .
             Bartleby, very vividly, as shown below.
                             In the novella, the author tells the reader, down to the smallest .
             detail, what he did to Bartleby to isolate him from the world.   He .
             tells us in this passage, "I placed his desk close up to a small side .
             window in that part of the room, a window which originally had .
             afforded a lateral view of certain grimy backyards, and bricks, but .
             which, owning to insubsequent erections, commanded at present, no .
             view at all, though it gave some light.   Within three feet of the .
             panes was a wall, and the light came down from far above between two .
             lofty buildings, as from a very small opening in a dome.   Still .
             further to satisfactory arrangement, I procured a green folding .

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