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Write a five page paper, double spaced, on one of the topics below. You are free to develop a
paper topic of your own so long as you get your professor’s approval. Upload the paper to our
Canvas site, under Assignments, by the beginning of class on Tuesday, October 18.
1. What can Melville’s Bartleby tell us about conscience? Form an interpretation about the
significance of conscience for the story and back up your position with examples. For
instance, you might try to get to the bottom of why the boss feels responsibility for
Bartleby despite Bartleby’s massive failures.