This is an issue discussed about one million times here over the last 22 years. Seriously (almost). The archives are overflowing with info on This topic
If you aren't getting about 1-1/8" travel at the slave, then the clutch isn't disengaging enough. Sounds like something is bent alright, as yes, the clutch pedal should be sitting above the brake pedal. Besides the pedal itself, make sure the banjo isn't bent, and that the loop is in the "up" position.
[This message has been edited by Patrick (edited 04-05-2021).]