Why is it significant that this story takes place on Wall-street?

The subtitle of “Bartleby, The Scrivener” is “A Story of Wall-street.” Taking your cue from this metonymy, write an essay in which you explain what it means to read this short story as a critique of American capitalism. Why is it significant that this story takes place on Wall-street? How does it comment on economic class relations in 19th-century American society? What kind of class relations are present in the office? How does the focus on social class help us to understand the figure of Bartleby? In your essay, be sure to attend to the importance of characterization, as well as the specific language that is used to depict key scenes and events in this story.

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