Bartleby the Scrivener

Bartelby the Scrivener

What's the theme of nonconformity in Bartelby the Scrivener?

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Non-conformity is Bartleby's downfall. It isn't that his work isn't appreciated, or that he doesn't do his work well. His refusal to conform or fall in line leads to inaapropriate behavior, which in turn lands him in jail and to an early demise. This story actually speaks to the dangers of non-conformity. Let's face it, everyone has to bend sometime.