Paradise of Bachelors and Tartarus of Maids and Other Stories

What is the unity between Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids

What appears to be two stories is actually one story with SINGLE UNITY.

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"Individually, the two sections of the story are limited in scope; together, they represent not mere contrasts, but a dialogue about the relationship between experience, truth and understanding. The two-part structure and shifting genres of "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids" prove to be not inherent flaws in the work but remarkably effective ways for Melville to reach beyond language to communicate his anxiety about the limitations of language."


Explore one of the ways in which the world of the bachelors and that of the maids may be considered as being each the “counterpart” of the other, by focusing on both an “obvious” and a “latent” feature connecting the “Paradise” and the “Tartarus.”