How would this story be different if it were told from the perspective of Bartleby, rather than the narrator?
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The narrator is very sympathetic to Bartleby's problems, thus, the view we get of Barnaby may possibly be whitewashed..... softened. If Bartleby were telling his own story, we might come to understand his actions. In reality, we never really learn who Bartleby is..... he's a mystery, and an odd mystery at that. Bartleby's narration would provide us with a whole new outlook, and just might make him seem a bit more sane.