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The Innocence of Daisy Miller Essay
In 1878, Henry James wrote, Daisy Miller, a novella about a young American girl and her travels in
Europe. Daisy Miller is a complex short story with many underlying themes such as appearance
versus reality, knowledge versus innocence, outward action versus inward meditation, and Nature
versus urbanity. In this short story, one is left to judge whether Daisy Miller, the main character of
the story, is "a pretty American flirt" or a misunderstood, modern young woman. By probing into the
complexities and contradictions of Daisy's character, it is obvious that Ms. Miller is merely a
misunderstood young woman.
Through his novel, Henry James shows his readers that the gap between what people believe to be
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He decides a "pretty American flirt" would be acceptable for him to know. Mainly he wants an
excuse to spend time with her. His desire for her to be innocent and undesigning reflects not only on
her true personality but also on his lust for her.
Mrs. Costello's character symbolizes old money and culture, even though she is American, and thus
sets up a stark contrast to Daisy Miller, a character devoid of much ritual or formality. Mrs. Costello
had lived much of her life in Europe and had kept a society so intentionally exclusive in America
that she has separated herself from any of the qualities associated with the innocence and natural
spontaneity of an American.
She believes the Miller's to be "common" and tells Winterbourne to stay away from them. However,
Daisy represents to Winterbourne what he lacks, standing as a metaphor of what all of Europe lacks,
as long as Daisy does not go too far with her social freedom.
Winterbourne is largely blinded to the honesty and innocence that Daisy imparts because he has
trouble recognizing a manner that has become foreign to him. Thus when Daisy walks calmly along
with both Giovanelli and Winterbourne in the Pincio and does not seem anxious to get rid of
Winterbourne, Winterbourne is perplexed (36–37). He does not realize that she does not know better
and she will ruin herself because of it.
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Daisy Miller
At the beginning of the novel "Daisy Miller" by author we are introduced to two characters,
Frederick Winterbourne who appears to be a calm and laid back individual who had previously been
involved in a relationship with an older woman and Daisy Miller, who is a pretty young girl from
New York who is traveling to Italy with her mother and brother. The context gives us some
visualization as to Daisy's physical appearance stating "the young girl's eyes were singularly honest
and fresh. They were wonderfully pretty eyes" (James 8). and "She sat there with her extremely
pretty hands, ornamented with very brilliant rings" (James 9). The way that the author describes
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Daisy was also portrayed as a young innocent girl who at times because of her young innocence was
able to get away with doing things. Just as Winterbourne seemed to be conflicted about how to feel
about Daisy I feel like the author wanted the reader to feel conflicted about her as well. There is also
much that we did not learn about Daisy in the book being that she was only pictured as a girl who
wanted pleasure and gave pleasure to guys, what she ultimately lacked was the want to stay
committed to one man and be able to love them unconditionally. She wanted to love someone for the
night and then move on to the next one. There was evidence of this at the end of the book when she
became very sick and was about to die, she told Winterbourne that she had never gotten engaged
with Giovanelli and they were never planning on getting married. She seemed to be content with
that and she seemed to have gotten what she
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Daisy Miller Essay
In the novella "Daisy Miller" by Henry James, women are viewed as the inferior and weaker gender,
as they are expected to abide by all of society's' laws while at the same time being constantly
diminished as human beings. When Winterbourne and Daisy first meet, Daisy is looking for her
little brother Randolph, who Winterbourne was previously having a conversation with. Daisy and
Winterbourne have a conversation about Randolph's education, all the while, Winterbourne's eyes
are focused on Daisy. Winterbourne tunes Daisy out while his eyes wander to her "extremely pretty
hands, ornamented with very brilliant rings, folded in her lap...She was very quiet, she sat in a
charming, tranquil attitude, but her lips and eyes were constantly moving" (8). ... Show more content
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Winterbourne embodies the societal expectations of women, as he realizes that Daisy is smart, but
he ignores her intelligence for her looks, as he focuses not on her words, but on her rings and hands
folded together in her lap. Later in the same section, Winterbourne notices that she is still talking, as
her lips and eyes are moving, but notes that she is silent, conveying the struggle of women in the
time period to be heard. Women of this time period were supposed to be "good girls", where they are
seen but not heard. A good girl is one who accepts her role in the patriarchy, and is rewarded for her
goodness by being wed. Winterbourne's aunt, Mrs. Costello, believes that Daisy is not a good girl,
and tells Winterbourne to be careful around Daisy, as she has agreed to go to the Château de Chillon
with him. It was not like a respectable woman to go to a strange place with a man she had just met,
so Mrs. Costello doesn't want either of them to tarnish their reputations. Winterbourne then thinks of
America and his family there, and remembers how his "...pretty cousins in New York were
'tremendous flirts'. If, therefore,
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Daisy Miller Essay
In Daisy Miller, James sets about to study in detail his story's namesake. What he discovers is the
young, beautiful girl is untainted by European prejudices: unlike the male protagonist, Frederick
Winterbourne. In the opening scene of his story, James depicts in vivid detail the Swiss landscape of
Vevey with its large lake, glittering in the background. There seems in James's florid description to
be a hint of nostalgia for a bygone time, and this is reflected in him comparing and contrasting the
numerous tourist hotels that line the lake. It would be in one of those hotels (to be precise the Trois
Couronnes) that Winterbourne would encounter, first, Randolph Miller and, a moment later, his
charming sister, Daisy. Like Maise in James's ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ...
There is, however, the danger, especially in Europe, men will misinterpret her friendliness for
something else – sexual availability. It is this misinterpretation by European society that will
ultimately lead to her tragic demise.
Prior to this happening, Miss Miller and Winterbourne discuss, among other things, a trip to the
Château de Chillon. It would be there in that ancient castle, they would walk and talk freely away
from prying eyes. Even so, this sojourn is dependent on whether her courier, Eugenio, will stay
behind with Mrs Miller and Randolph, and it is precisely his appearance towards the end of their
conversation that will lead to a misinterpretation by Eugenio of Winterbourne's true intentions. He
believes Winterbourne may present a threat to the young girl's reputation: although that is furthest
from the case in the young man's mind. For instance, when Winterbourne mentions his aunt, Mrs
Costello, to Miss Miller, he reiterates his intentions are good by suggesting, she would be happy to
meet her in addition to confirming her nephew's moral conduct.
Later, when Frederick tells Mrs Costello about the beautiful girl, the old woman is horrified to be
involved with those pedestrian people – the Millers. It is precisely her ability to judge people of their
societal worth; Winterbourne hopes to utilise in order to validate his high opinion of the young
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Characterization Of Symbolism In Daisy Miller By Henry James
The personal novel I chose was called "Daisy Miller" by Henry James. The publishers were Harper
& Brothers, which was published in 1879. There are a total of 43 pages. The way James' novels are
structured is that he begins it with a situation and a character. James would then, in effect, sit back
and simply observe what would happen when a character was confronted with this new situation.
This allowed him more freedom and allowed him the opportunity of "getting to know" his character
by observing him in a series of scenes.
Daisy meets Winterbourne in the garden at the Trois Couronnes and impresses him with her
bubbling chitchat. Daisy and Winterbourne head to the castle at Chillon together–they're on a boat!
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He was a citizen of the world and moved freely in and out of drawing rooms in Europe, England,
and America. He was perhaps more at home in Europe than he was in America, but the roots of his
life belong to the American continent. Thus, with few exceptions, most of his works deal with some
type of confrontation between an American and a European. The James family made frequent and
extended visits to Europe during Henry James's childhood, and some of his education occurred in
places such as Paris and Geneva. His father scorned material pursuits, and James's education was
often unorthodox, including public schooling, private tutoring, and some training as a painter. James
spent a year studying law at Harvard, though he quickly left to pursue writing. James published his
first short story, in late 1861, and he soon acquired an important friendship with William Dean
Howells, the rising young editor of the Atlantic Monthly. James became a successful journalist quite
quickly because of his social connections with the Boston and New York elite. His relationship with
Howells became an important connection between two public intellectuals and writers. They read
each other's work and promoted each other, and the two are considered prominent exponents of
American literary Realism–though James would later become something other than a Realist. James
took his first trip to Europe as an adult in 1869. It
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Daisy Miller Research Paper
For my creative project I have put together a flower vase with carnations, two roses, and a poppy.
Each one of these flowers represents something in the book, Daisy Miller. Each flower plays an
important role in the novel, though some are considered more significant than others, The carnations
are what could be considered the less important flowers. They represent all the men Daisy flirted
with throughout her tour of Europe. There are more of them than the other types of flowers because
they are symbolically keeping the roses apart. The carnations keep them apart because Daisy sees all
the other men, instead of focusing on just Winterbourne, the other rose. There is a poppy right in the
middle of all the carnations and the two roses. This
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Essay Observation in Daisy Miller
He said to himself that she was too light and childish, too uncultivated and unreasoning, too
provincial, to have reflected upon the ostracism or even to have perceived it. Then at other moments
he believed that she carried about in her elegant and irresponsible organism a defiant, passionate,
perfectly observant consciousness of the impression she produced. (43)
The socialites in Daisy Miller's world aspire to a perfection, a nobility, and a superlative of
character. But character is a misleading word; interiority is important only insofar as it reflects the
assumed depths that come with an appearance of refinement, for the relationships in "Daisy Miller:
A Study" are formed by observation, not by conversation. Winterbourne's ... Show more content on
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From the start, Winterbourne is shown as a participatory voyeur. His greatest talent is in
particularize female beauty into discrete parts, refining his vision of the whole into smaller, more
appreciable pieces:
They were wonderfully pretty eyes; and, indeed, Winterbourne had not seen for a long time anything
prettier than his fair countrywoman's various features‹her complexion, her nose, her ears, her teeth.
He had a great relish for feminine beauty; he was addicted to observing and analysing it; and as
regards this young lady's face he made several observations. (7)
Besides the visual blazon he writes on Daisy as a traditional weapon of subjugation (and which
permits him, momentarily, to "mentally accuse" her face "of a want of finish" [7]), Winterbourne
tries something equally dominating‹to usurp Daisy's own power of sight by judging her eyes only on
aesthetic terms. In their meeting, Daisy is at first ostensibly pinned by Winterbourne's evaluative
gaze of superlatives and particularization, but her eyes tell another story: "She sat there with her
extremely pretty hands, ornamented with very brilliant rings, folded in her lap, and with her pretty
eyes now resting upon those of
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Charming Daisy Miller Essay
Charming Daisy Miller from the story of the same name became a victim of public opinion because
of her naturalness and unwillingness to obey the etiquette. Although Daisy's formality are not usual
in European society and etiquette, Winterbourne, a young American who mostly lived in Geneva all
his years is intrigued by the "pretty American flirt" (1173) Daisy and her indigenous ideals.
However, her love of freedom is too decorative and does not arouse any interest. Daisy Miller is a
short story by a little–known American writer, Henry James, about the mysterious phenomenon of
the personality of a young American woman. The story is written simply, and uninvitedly, using
ordinary language. The behavior of the main character, Daisy Miller, leaves no one indifferent. She
is likened to a woman of easy virtue, flirting and mating with men of dubious reputation. Moreover,
this makes Winterbourne question her innocence, "Were they all like that, the pretty girls who had a
good deal of gentlemen's society (1173)?" because of her flirtatious ways. Daisy Miller learns that in
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Even so, because of the weak literary style, the character of Daisy does not cause any sympathy and
the theme of the influence of society is poorly disclosed. In the story, Winterbourne's enlightened
and good manners are at odds with Daisy's lack of education and her crudity. Therefore, Mrs.
Costello speaks about Daisy's vulgarity and also comments "no, you don't know how well she
dresses. I can't think where they get their taste (1176)". This also symbolically stipulates European
upright and idealistic pride over the American culture that depicts through not only Daisy but her
mother and little brother. Moreover, Daisy's traits were judged more harshly than men because she is
a woman. She exemplifies what most women during her time were afraid to do or act
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Gender's Role In Daisy Miller
a. Self and others – Winterbourne is a character while at times could be very judgmental and
opinionated, seems to view himself as part of a larger community. He is only judgmental because he
is aware of what society deems as inappropriate when it comes to what Daisy Miller is doing.
Winterbourne often thinks about others and typically not himself. For example, in the beginning,
Randolph was pestering him for sugar lumps. Winterbourne told Randolph, "If you eat three lumps
of sugar, your mother will certainly slap you." While people may interpret Winterbourne differently,
I see many cases of him being thoughtful of others and caring towards other people. Daisy Miller is
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Gender and sexuality – Gender plays a large role in the story of Daisy Miller. In the beginning and
at the end, Winterbourne is known to be "studying" in Geneva. What this really means is that he is
spending time with older, foreign coquettes. On the other hand, Daisy Miller is heavily looked down
upon especially when she is in Rome. When Winterbourne arrives in Rome, his aunt tells him
"When she comes to a party she brings with her a gentleman with a good deal of manner and a
wonderful mustache." Also, people continue to question her actions throughout the novella. For
example, when Daisy Miller explains that she is going to the Pincio, Mrs. Walker replies with,
"Alone, my dear–at this hour?" The carriage scene is another example of this happening. Both Mrs.
Walker and Winterbourne tell her that she should go home because they are worried about her
reputation being ruined by her walking the streets of Rome. In conclusion, Winterbourne is never
confronted about what he does with older foreign ladies whether it is in the beginning or in the end
of the novella. However, Daisy Miller's actions are criticized. Both gender and the attraction
between Winterbourne and Daisy Miller play a large theme. Winterbourne's ultimate desire is to
have Daisy Miller to himself to ultimately marry
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Daisy Miller Research Paper
Daisy Miller leaves America and is placed into a foreign society in which she has no connections,
and is left without a guide to help her assimilate to the culture. While maturing into an adult she is
also having to deal with this cultural collision, and the way she responds to it is highly frowned
upon. Her actions, deemed childish and improper, cause her to be shunned from European society,
which relates back to Henry James purpose of shining light upon the flaws of a woman's "proper"
place in society in the late 1800's. Daisy Miller is still a young teenager and has not been shown the
proper way to attract a man's attention, let alone a man in a foreign country who has a higher social
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After the people of Rome see her flittering about the streets with one or two men on her arm, she is
cut off from the society she so dearly wishes to be a part of. People stare at her on the streets,
ridicule her actions, and refuse to speak to her; this type of action shows just how harsh and
unforgiving the European culture can be when someone, especially a woman, breaks their cycle of
normality; Henry James is trying to get this point across to his readers. After Daisy has cut her ties,
unknowingly, with most people, she is shocked at how she is received at Mrs. Barker's party; Daisy
comes to join in conversation with guests and she is ignored and discarded. Winterbourne has to
explain to her that her actions are causing her to be gossipped about and shunned by the society; her
face turns pale and she is shocked by this news. Daisy however, not knowing how to respond to this
simply continues her ways, leading to her death. After Winterbourne discovers Daisy in the
Colosseum at midnight with Giovanelli, he gives up on her and says she is not worthy of being
respected anymore; when Daisy loses this final respect, she contracts the Roman fever and dies. All
of society has given up on Daisy, there is no hope for her anymore, and when the Daisy has no hope,
it will perish. Although it may seem like Daisy was the cause of her own death, she was not;
society's response to her oblivious actions caused her to pursue them further, leading to her death.
Henry James kills Daisy to show just how detrimental European social expectations can be; Daisy is
trying to assimilate into a new culture, and is received with nothing but
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Daisy Miller Perceptions
Marcus Aurelius who was a Roman Emperor who once said "Nothing has such power to broaden the
mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in
life." Often times are perception of people come from our observation of a person's behavior and the
words they speak. In the novels Daisy Miller and The House of Mirth, portray how men observe
women and how it's an intricate part that determines if they should pursue after the woman that
captivate their attention. The novel Daisy Miller is about a beautiful, rich young girl who attracts a
man named Winterbourne, who is captivated by the independent and outgoing personality she
embraces, yet she has a certain innocence about her that Winterbourne which
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Daisy Miller Loss Of Innocence
In Henry James' novella, the importance of social etiquette is emphasized in Miss Daisy Miller's
defiance of acceptable behavior. Her disobedience and naïve nature leads to a loss of respect among
Switzerland's society. At first glance, Daisy is categorized as a "pretty American flirt" by
Winterbourne for her honest, fresh and free–spirited stature (12). As Winterbourne begins to uncover
her true nature, he becomes aware of her inability to adapt to the social norms. He concludes that
she deliberately refuses to follow the codes of a respectable women. He is unaccustomed to her
rebellion and her ignorance of opinions that gain her an unreceptive reputation as a disrespectful
girl. Winterbourne depicts Daisy Miller's character as naïve, stubborn ... Show more content on
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Walker fears for Daisy Miller's growing reputation and seeks to guide her towards salvation to
behold a proper image. She offers Daisy to drive around in a carriage circling the town to allow
people to see a conservative angle and kill the demeaning judgments following her actions. Daisy
ignores the opinions of society and mocks concerns associated with the societal standard. She
ridiculed Winterbourne's concerns taunting," that– to save my reputation– does Mr. Winterbourne
think I should get into the carriage?" (43). Living in Switzerland, Ms. Miller refuses to vacate her
American customs and surrender to living in harmony with the societal values of the country. In
order to affirm her beliefs, she rejects Mrs. Walker's offer and offends her asserting, "If this is
improper, then I am all improper, and you must give me up" (44). She pushes the boundaries and
tests the limits of respect because she is unaware of the consequences to her actions. Her headstrong
attitude leads her to think she is invincible from punishment which causes her to continue to
manipulate until she is pleased. When questioned about her outlook she responds, "That's all I want–
a little fuss!" (26). As Daisy and Winterbourne's relationship evolves, Winterbourne begins to see
her true character perceive Daisy as a manipulative flirt. Winterbourne suddenly faces the true
categorization of Ms. Miller and recognizes, "She was a young lady whom a gentleman need no
longer be at pains to respect" (60).
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Daisy Miller: Post-Civil War
The novella Daisy Miller: A Study, is an excellent example of the cultural differences and conflict
between American and European culture during the post Civil War Era. The character Daisy Miller
is a symbol of American culture and values, whereas Winterbourne is the symbol of European
culture and values, though American himself. Daisy and Winterbourne are metaphors for not only
the differences between American and European culture, but also a prime example of how Europe
viewed America during this time. According to the Merriam–Webster's Encyclopedia Of Literature
"Daisy Miller uses the contrast between American innocence and European sophistication as a
powerful tool with which to examine social conventions" (Daisy). This is apparent through ... Show
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Daisy and Winterbourne are metaphors for not only the differences between American and European
culture, but also a prime example of how Europe viewed America during this time. Daisy as a
symbol for America expressed what it was like for America being a newly rich nation. She also
showed how the Nation was trying to find itself during this time, and it's longing to stand out and be
an individual nation rather than conforming to the beliefs and culture of Europe. Winterbourn, as a
symbol for Europe expressed how Europe was trying to put America in a box, good or bad, but
nothing else. Winterbourn was trying to get Daisy to be something that she was not, much like what
Europe was trying to do to America during this time. "Daisy Miller in its entirety functions as a
metaphor and shows a marked predilection on the part of the author for American ethos and great
concern to point the finger to conflicting boundaries that exist between America and Europe in terms
of sociocultural and psychological discrepancies
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Examples Of Realism In Daisy Miller
"Psychological Realism in "Daisy Miller"
Written by Henry James, "Daisy Miller" is a novella that first appeared in Cornhill magazine in
1878 and later published in 1879. The novella narrates the courtship of a young beautiful American
girl called Daisy Miller by Winterbourne, a sophisticated young American–turned European man,
whose efforts to win her heart has been derailed by Daisy Miller's flirtatiousness and care–free life,
which has been frowned upon by the community in Geneva and Rome. This fictional story shows a
noticeable change from social realism to psychological realism, which is regarded as more nuanced
(Cokal). This worldwide trend was evidently in the literature of America during this time, which
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And while the author chooses the protagonist's name to be the title of his novella, he makes
Winterbourne be the first person narrator. While this is undeniable, it is true that Daisy has been
psychologized and that the function of the girl Daisy is to act as a plot device and a representation of
the American innocence in Europe. According to Ohmann, "James began writing with one attitude
towards his heroine and concluded with a second and different attitude towards her"(2). What
Ohmann is trying to say is that Daisy is depicted as an innocent, flirtatious young woman, mostly
unmindful of her society's degree of judgment, which is a reflection of an emerging American class.
In his description of "Daisy Miller" novella, Johnson states that "a compelling feminist counter–
narrative of American womanhood defined by freedom despite social constraints" (41). In the text, it
is evident that while the characters of female gender are still confined within particular social
confinement and Daisy is punished with death. Johnson adds that "her moments of defiance linger
long after the sting of her death subsides." ( 42) This is witnessed long after Daisy's death when
Fredrick Winterbourne comes to the realization that "he had done her injustice" (James 83) because
he had "lived too long in foreign parts"(James
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New Criticism Of Daisy Miller
In Henry James's "novella," his heroine: Daisy Miller is a young woman who dared to challenge the
old guard. Her nature, though rebellious was pure and innocent, and her death was in itself her last
rebellion. She died a martyr for a cause in which she believed: the freedom of women. She was the
first of a new generation of independent women, women outside of the control of the Mrs. Walkers
of the world: women who were free. Alive Daisy was bound by the chains of society, in death she
was let loose from her bindings. Her death was not an example of failure, it was the greatest gift she
could have given. In life, Daisy was looked at as a woman of ill repute by the socialites who
mattered in Europe, but in death, she superseded this role, and became something much more: a
symbol of rebellion. In this way Daisy's death challenged the social order. By loosing her life, she
showed just how powerful a woman could be. Using a lens of New Historicism, the reader is able to
recognize much more from the behavior of Daisy in contrast to using a lens submerged in today's
mentality. From an eye born and raised in the twenty–first century, one really cannot see what all the
fuss was about. She just appears to be a normal (albeit very rich) girl, who goes about her life acting
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Her resting place is shown to be that of a righteous girl, gone in her prime, not that of a scandalous
vixen. In particular the spring flowers suggest happiness and irreproachability, while the evergreen
cypress tree represents something steadfast and unchanging. This is probably one of the best
examples of Daisy's purity. The way James describes her resting place is in itself tacit
acknowledgment of her
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Daisy Miller Dialectical Journal
Based on Harper's Magazine article, Daisy Miller it's portrayed as a coquette, a flirt. Throughout
Daisy Miller, the novella, there are many examples that support the negative opinion of Harper's
Magazine. Daisy Miller is an American girl who displays herself in an uncommon way bragging to
Winterbourne saying, "I have more friends in New York than in Schenectady–more gentleman
friends"(1.8) During the Gilded age, the late 1800's, in Europe, it was an abnormal thing for girls to
brag about having gentlemen friends, yet here that's exactly what Daisy does. Daisy and
Winterbourne are in the middle of a conversation, when Daisy gloats to Winterbourne about all the
friends she has back in New York, more exactly her gentlemen friends. However, ... Show more
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"They seem to have made several acquaintances, but the courier continues to be the most intime.
The young lady, however, is also very intimate with some third–rate Italians, with whom she rackets
about in a way that makes much talk."(2.25) This show that Daisy likes and wants the attention of
not one, but many men, charming them with her flirtatious acts. Every woman even nowadays likes
the attention of men, however the attention of a few men all at once is what makes Daisy a flirt.
Daisy acts in an unsophisticated way, not hiding the fact that she leads men on, rather giving people
a chance to speak negatively about her. She simply enjoys flirting with men, making sure that in
every place she travels, there's at least one man giving her attention. Just like in Geneva where
Daisy flaunts Winterbourne around , in Rome she finds someone else to flaunt around, Mr.
Giovanelli. At night, Winterbourne walks around admiring the beauty in Rome, when he sees Daisy,
however she isn't alone it says that, "Giovanelli was at her side and Giovanelli, too, wore an aspect
of even unwonted brilliancy."(2.47) Daisy is never alone, she always has a man by her side, never
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The Community's Fallacy In Daisy Miller By Henry James
THE COMMUNITY'S JUDGMENTS
Logical fallacies are the common definitions which are used not only in our
normal communication but also applied in many commercials, movies and stories. Basically, one
of the most common fallacies, named Bandwagon, is usually seen in a lot of stories. Bandwagon
fallacy, which is also named as a groupthink, a peer pressure or a common opinion, is defined as
an action or a thinking that is right to do. The reason is because this opinion is popular, supported
by the group; or you will be accepted if you do it. Consequently, it is easy to see that in "Daisy
Miller" (Henry James), most of the characters' behaviors are determined by this fallacy.
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Consequently, in "Daisy Miller", it is clear to see that the author, Henry James, uses the
Bandwagon fallacy for helping readers to realize easily all of the arguments along the story. It is
also easy to indicate that just because Daisy Miller insists on her American independence which
is not accepted in Europe, she has to pay a heavy price: her death. Furthermore, in this story, the
Bandwagon fallacy is used for setting off the morality of European people who judge or be
judged based on their sociality's common opinion at that time. Therefore, this fallacy means if
people can get along with the common sense of the sociality where they're living, they will be
accepted; but if not, they will be eliminated although they think that they do a right
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Daisy Miller Research Paper
In the novel Daisy Miller, writer Henry James shows the different cultures between American and
European. Henry James more like the American culture, he had confidence in American culture and
believed that America was a country of democracy and freedom. For his novels he always set
against a larger international background, usually between America and Europe by showing the two
different culture with two different groups of people representing two different value systems. The
pattern of his novels is use young American man or her destiny to show the conflict between two
cultures. The immature boy or girl would be cruelly wronged, betrayed and beguiled at the hand,
those who pretend to stand for the highest possible socialization. James usually uses marriage and
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In this novel from those characteristics we can find how Henry James set this up. Europeans were
more concerned with are, more cultured and more aware of social situations. Americans were
innocent and have more moral issues. When James lived in Europe and he knew the European
culture that the rules you live by cannot be changed. So he uses Daisy Miller as represent American
as freedom, but Daisy Miller has never become the American girl in Europe. Just like Giovanelli
tells Winterbourne that Daisy was: "the most beautiful young lady I ever saw, and the most
amiable... and the most innocent." In my opinion, if a person wants to successfully deal with a new
culture. He must first learn to affirm and respect different rules in that culture. Because those rules
are the rich experience of unman experience. Then, he should adjust himself in a way based on who
you are and how you live, so you can fit in the current situation. At the end you should be able to
socialize in a way that fits the old rule you usually live by and the new rule you live by
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The Main Characters In Henry James's Daisy Miller
In Henry James's "Daisy Miller," the main character Frederick Winterbourne masks Daisy Miller's
personality with his own imagination. Told from a limited narration point of view, this novel solely
emphasizes Mr. Winterbourne's perception of the world around him, focusing most on Ms. Daisy's
character. Mr. Winterbourne aims to unravel Ms. Miller's character make–up throughout chapter
one, using only his and his aunt's preconceived notions of women in American society. By being too
introspective and imaginative, Mr. Winterbourne is unable to see Ms. Miller as anything more but a
conquest, and therefore he is unable to empathize with her as another human being.
When Mr. Winterbourne first notices Ms. Miller, he fixates on her prettiness and refuses to stray
from his surface level admiration, even after inquiring about her. The narrator, embodying Mr.
Winterbourne's thoughts, repeats "pretty American girl," constantly, revealing Mr. Winterbourne's
reasoning for becoming captivated by her to begin with. Mr. Winterbourne's fixation on Ms. Miller
being a pretty girl depicts how he is captivated by the alluring nature of her beauty, considering she
had done nothing at first to captivate him with her speech or her personality. He builds the
foundation of his relationship with her on physical attributes, expecting her personality to follow his
preconceived mental sculpture of how a young, pretty American woman is supposed to act.
After being captivated by her prettiness, Mr.
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Daisy Miller Essay
In Henry James' novella "Daisy Miller," the speaker describes a woman caught between two worlds
with total different expectations for woman. Throughout the book, Daisy, the main character, is
criticized for her unusual behavior for a woman during her time period. Daisy acts in complete
opposition of the standards society has set for women, forcing her into the label of "a pretty
American flirt." Daisy Miller's unfavorable description brings forth disapproval of her actions from
members of her society, often known as violence of manners. The violence of manners Daisy's
conduct brings upon her proves the flaws between the concept of the old world vs. new world and
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Throughout the story, Daisy's physical features are described in great detail, but the speaker never
mentions her intelligence or anything of substance. For example, Winterbourne often comments on
Daisy's "pretty hands" and "pretty eyes," but he never suggests she is more than her appearance.
Along with women being a man's eye candy, they are also suppose to comply with every rule and
never have an opposing opinion. For example, women were suppose to never be alone with a man
without a chaperone present, but Daisy defies this rule every time she spends evenings alone with
Mr. Giovanelli. Not only do Daisy's actions go against the social norm, but her outspoken
personality does as well. With no hesitation, Daisy told Winterbourne she had a "great deal of
gentlemen's society," which ultimately surprised Winterbourne because no young girl he had spoken
with expressed "themselves in such fashion." During this time period, women were not suppose to
speak of men in such a promiscuous way because women were the objects of sexual content not the
subjects, which is why Daisy's use of such language was considered inappropriate by Winterbourne
and other members of the European society. Because Daisy spoke and acted differently than what
the European society expected of woman, she was outcasted as a classless, unladylike woman,
which accurately
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The And The Word Of Land By Daisy Miller
Daisy Miller examines European high society throughout the 1870s. The societal norms are placed
firmly in the beliefs of the class system, social status, and education: all of which are needed in
order to successfully assimilate into the world of the upper class. Henry James makes it clear that
these norms make up the lives of the high society through his characterization of the "uncultivated"
Daisy Miller. Daisy's character is questionable throughout the novella, and the word "uncultivated"
has been necessary to coming to that conclusion. Throughout Daisy Miller the word "uncultivated"
is a key component to grasping the complexities of Daisy's character. "Uncultivated" appears a total
of four times: twice in each part. Its meaning is not being highly educated and socially adept. Daisy
proves to be unrefined throughout the novella. According to Winterbourne it's, "impossible to regard
her as a perfectly well–conducted young lady," due to her rendezvous about town. Daisy insists on
going around with unknown men, stays out all hours of the night, and employs Americanized
standards. The first and second time "uncultivated" appears is within the same paragraph when
Winterbourne is speaking with his Aunt about Daisy. He states, "she is completely uncultivated...but
she is wonderfully pretty, and, in short, very nice," giving the reader a distinct idea of Daisy Miller's
character and how she is received. Winterbourne's Aunt, Mrs. Costello, responds swiftly that he,
"better not
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Daisy Miller Essay
Daisy Miller, a lady of intrigue and danger. A personage to not be trifled with, yet seemingly enjoys
trifling with others. A lady of beauty and grace that left her wild side completely unchecked in a
world of deportment and social standards. Daisy Miller written by Henry James is a short novel
which details the rise and untimely demise of an American heiress coming into contact with old
world standards of conduct. Mr. Winterbourne, the man through whom the reader sees Miss Daisy,
is the central character of this short novella. Throughout the book Daisy constantly breaks societal
rules on her tour of Europe. This has many effects upon Winterbourne and his response to Daisy's
unbridled disregard for social conventions.
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Daisy, who arrived in Italy before Winterbourne, has wasted no time breaking all the rules of society
she can think of. When Winterbourne enters the scene, Daisy has already made a bad reputation for
herself by spending copious amounts of time in the presence of Mr. Giovanelli, a man of common
birth (James 37). The age, social rank, and assumed moral differences between these two characters
has been enough to cause quite a stir. Winterbourne, who was raised with many social conventions,
is appalled at her behavior and finally has the good sense to put some distance between himself and
her. During this time Daisy continues to make choices that allow Winterbourne to truly see her true
identity and see her for what she truly was: a woman who used her beauty to fool those around her
that she was innocent. He finds it impossible to say that she was a lady after these revelations in
Italy (James 41). But as if enough was not already enough, Daisy Miller ends tragically. Daisy is
aware, as Winterbourne told her many times, that there was a deadly fever going around in the lower
class of society and that she really should not be out and about in areas such as those. Sadly, Daisy
pays no heed to that "social law", and just like the rest, she breaks it as soon as possible. What Miss
Miller did not realize that, yes, while all of these cultural norms may
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Daisy Miller Perceptions
Marcus Aurelius who was a Roman Emperor who once said "Nothing has such power to broaden the
mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in
life." Often times are perception of people come from our observation of a person's behavior and the
words they speak. In the novels Daisy Miller and The House of Mirth, portray how men observe
women and how it's an intricate part that determines if they should pursue after the woman that
captivate their attention. The novel Daisy Miller is about a beautiful, rich young girl who attracts a
man named Winterbourne, who is captivated by the independent and outgoing personality she
embraces, yet she has a certain innocence about her that Winterbourne which
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Daisy Miller by Henry James
There is an importance of the international theme that helps people better understand the differences
of American and European culture. When these two cultures clash, this leads to understanding just
how different Americans are from their European counterparts. Even though the international theme
helps one find the differences in the continent and country, it also enables one to note the significant
evilness that Europe possesses. There are so many distinctions that Europeans and Americans that
they just might not see the picture of what Daisy Miller is about. The characters that Henry James
writes about in Daisy Miller come across as being innocent, free, and fresh. This can only be said for
the American characters. There were always sentences that make Europeans seem like they are
snobby and corrupt. There is that little hint of sophistication. One would assume that this comes
with the territory.
When Daisy and her family are in Europe, they represent the New World element in the Old World.
The protagonist, Daisy Miller, is beautiful and charming. She is unlike anybody else in Europe
because all of the other people act mature and somewhat boring. She is just a free spirit that tries to
incorporate as much of the European element as much as she possibly can. Her way of doing so is a
bit unusual to the locals, but this is the way that she wants to spend her time in Europe. Because she
choses to do so, she is unappreciated in terms of the how the Europeans want her to act
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Comparing Daisy and Countess Olenska in Daisy Miller and...
The story "Daisy Miller" is a romance of a love that can never be. The character Annie P. Miller
(known as Daisy Miller) is portrayed as a young naive wild yet, innocent girl who want to do
nothing more but have fun with the company she please. The story "Daisy Miller" is a lot like The
Age of Innocence. In both the movie and the book the leading lady was shunned from society
because of their behavior. Both Daisy and the Countess Olenska were misunderstood and out–casted
because they were saw as different. These women did not want to conform to what the society
thought was proper and good, they had their own opinion and was bold in their time to state it.
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She enjoyed herself and that was enough for her to be happy.
The Countess Olenska was much like Daisy. The Countess was a free sprit who did not care that
society did not agree with her suing for a divorce. She wanted to be free. She hated when everyone
that she felt were so nice turned and gave her the cold shoulder. The Countess did not like being
shunned so she did give consideration to society's chants. She did not sue for the divorce but she
refused to go back to her husband. Society was not the reason for her actions although, considered,
did not make the final decision.
Like every romance there has to be a charming gentlemen. In The Age of Innocence there were
Newland and Winterborne in "Daisy Miller". These two man were a lot alike and in so many ways
so different. They were different because of their circumstance but also had different point of views.
They were both gentlemen and made choices as gentlemen should.
Newland was a gentlemen gentleman. He did not like for people to talk ghastly of The Countess. He
felt she should make her own choice. Newland was inclined to a woman being equal to and having
equal freedom as a man. Newland, however, had a set of circumstance that made this romance go for
a loop. Newland was engaged to The Countess Olenska's cousin. The fact did not stop him from
confessing his love to The Countess. He made the choice to go ahead with the wedding, with the
help of The Countess Olenska, just as
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Stereotypes In Daisy Miller
Written by American writer Henry James in 1878, the novella "Daisy Miller" delineates the story of
a young American girl Daisy Miller narrated by Winterbourne, a young compatriot of hers who has
spent most of his life in Geneva. Henry, along with other characters in the novel, condemns Daisy's
boldness and defiance. He often describes Daisy as seductress who is trying to trap Winterbourne.
However, feminist interpretation of the novel brings forth Daisy as a heroine who represents first
generation New Woman whose emergent femininity doesn't fit into societal norms. She acquires her
freedom in male dominated world through defiance. Daisy is part of a generation of young
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James portrayed some of society's own ambivalent views on what paths the New Woman could take,
and what dangers she still faced, especially in the older, more established European culture. In many
ways, the novella shows how menacing a path to physical and psychological enclosure can be,
causing her to face many adversaries. Henry notes, "The vesper service was going
forward...meanwhile, between Mrs. Costello and her friends, there was a great deal said about poor
little Miss Miller's going really too far" (James 53). In a time when women were criticized about for
not following the common norms of females, Daisy is too much ahead of her time and her feminist
urgings causes her to inevitably fail. Alternatively, perhaps James subconsciously wants to kill the
impending feminist movement and enforce the dominance of males over females, whose standards
are not presented by Daisie's rebellious character. Furthermore, perhaps James uses his novel to
reinforce gender stereotypes and the importance of the cult of domesticity, as Daisy's rebellious
character, which was very peculiar in this era, resulted in her death and intense denunciation from
society. Additionally, Daisy crosses the gender line of female sexuality to pursue her desires; her
free attitude and
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Daisy Miller Essay
Daisy Miller" by Henry James, is a study of a young American girl's rebuttal of all things "proper"
and refusal to conform to social standards. One can see that realism is apparent throughout the text.
The characters utilize free will throughout, are affected by their environment and familial
relationships, and ultimately make their own choices. These choices eventually affect the outcome in
an unhappy ending. Jame's creates characters that encompass both sides of the social sphere in this
work. Winterbourne, Mrs. Costello and Mrs. Walker are all individuals that come from old money, a
higher societal background, and expectations of what is deemed right and proper. In contrast, Daisy
Miller, Mrs. Miller, Randolph and Eugenio are the opposite in many ways coming from an average
societal realm and more realistic, modest lifestyle. Winterbourne has a rather telling conversation
with Mrs. Walker and her statement to him upon asking what exactly it is that Daisy does that
pushes "too far" sums up the overall reputation Daisy is establishing for herself. "(she does)
Everything that is not done here. Flirting with any man she could pick up; sitting in corners with
mysterious Italians; dancing all the evening with the same partners; receiving visits at eleven o'clock
at night"(James, p. 1537). Daisy's ability to make her own choices and follow her free will are
aspects of realism which writers began to utilize. Again, her environment and family most definitely
affect her behavior.
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Daisy Miller- the Huck Finn of Her Time
Martin Daisy Miller was not the average young European woman during the 1800's. Much like
Huckleberry Finn, Daisy, coming from America did not want to conform to the norms of European
society. She wanted to be her own individual. While reading Daisy Miller there were three common
themes that arose which led me to believe that Daisy could be addressed as the female version of
Huck Finn. Some of the themes include: the constant search for freedom, rejecting the norms of
society, and the uncultured lifestyles that both tried to achieve. Huck Finn was in constant search of
freedom beyond schooling and dressing up for Sundays. "The Widow Douglas, she took me for her
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Both Daisy and Huck find pleasure in knowing that it's ok to live outside of society's expectations,
especially if it's what made them happy. Daisy and Huck were known for the uncultured lifestyles
that they both worked hard to achieve. Daisy, growing up in an era where young women were
suppose to be seen rather than heard, thrived on the fact that she knew how to drive men crazy. She
knew she was attractive and used it to her benefit. Huck was given a warm house to stay in, with
food on the table and clothes on his back, but yet chose to leave for a more adventurous life. Not
only did he pass up a fairly normal home life, but he took to adventures on the river with the
widow's slave Jim. "Hello, Jim! He bounced up and stared at me wild. Then he drops down on his
knees, and puts his hands together and says: Doan' hut me– don't. I was ever so glad to see Jim I
warn't lonesome now. I told him I warn't afraid of him telling people where I was. It's good daylight,
lets get breakfast." (pg.241) This passage shows me how little Huck cares about what society thinks
of him. He finds his widow's slave and instead of turning him in, he feeds him, and the two become
comrades. Many people would condemn Huck for associating and helping a run –away slave. Huck
never once regrets his decision, and the two become the best of friends. Much like Huck, Daisy lives
a very uncultured lifestyle as well. She came from America to Europe and
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Essay about Innocence in Daisy Miller
James' manipulation of appearances in Daisy Miller as well as other character's notions of these
appearances provides us with a novella of enigmatic and fascinating characters. Daisy, the most
complicated of these ambiguities, is as mysterious as she is flirtatious. James gives her a carefully
constructed enigmatic quality that leaves the reader wondering what her motivations were and who
she truly was. He structures the novella in such a way as to stress the insights that the supporting
characters provide into Daisy's character, weather accurate or erroneous. Despite their questionable
reliability, they allow James to make commentary on both European and American cultures and
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Walker goes a step further than merely gossiping about Daisy's scandalous meetings with men by
trying to stop one such episode. On this particular day Daisy was walking around a very crowded
corner of Rome with both Giovanelli and Winterbourne. Mrs. Walker pleads with Daisy to get into
the carriage with her but Daisy laughs her off saying "If this is improper, Mrs. Walker... than I am all
improper, and you must give me up" (93)! James attempts to explain this lack of inhibition by
constructing for her a simplistic vernacular and almost oblivious approach to life that would prove
her innocence. Without knowledge, any faux pas are assumed inexperience, not immorality. This
inexperience with more cultured society is also apparent in her vernacular. Daisy says things like
"ever so" (56) that give her away as an "uncultivated person" (121). Her name, and the fact that it is
her chosen, not given one, is also very significant. Miller suggests her family's humble history and
Daisy, a "common flower...is also simple and unpretentious. The fact that it opens up in the sun also
suggests [Daisy's] life–loving qualities" (121). That she chose this name also supports a view that
Daisy had no qualms about living the way she does as a simple, life–loving creature. James also
provides some subtle symbolism to support once again Daisy's innocence. In one scene, Daisy sits
alone with Giovanelli and a painting of "Innocence X by Velazquez" (105) hangs above them to
remind the
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Vanity In The Crucible By Daisy Miller
A constant rise of inflated sense of self and one's persona, the explosion of new technology enabling
a "Me first" sentiment, and more readily available ways to manipulate the body to appear "perfect"
have contributed to the rise of vanity in modern society. Vanity has been on the earth since the
beginning of time, as the Bible warns that "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who
fears the Lord, she shall be praised" (Proverbs 31:30). People have always been vainful, putting
their own self–interests above that of another person, but the amount of those people with an
excessive interest and admiration for themselves and only themselves has equated to a new
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Generation Z, also known as "Generation Me", as nicknamed by previous generations are
notoriously selfish and self–absorbed, only focused on themselves. Narcissism is much more highly
prevalent in this current society despite its critics," [narcissism] has been misused and overused so
flagrantly that it's no but meaningless when it comes to labeling truly destructive tendencies" (Daum
461). Society is narcissistic, with each person obsessed over their own self–importance. YouTube
videos and vloggers have become a regular aspect of today's society and culture. People walk
around with cameras strapped to their heads or chest, videotaping their entire lives and posting it for
the world to see, as they truly believe their own life is so significant that the entire universe should
stop living their own lives and take the time to watch, comment, like and subscribe to their life
instead of the viewer living their own lives. The music industry has even taken a turn towards
encouraging narcissism. Lyrics have drastically changed from generation to generation, specifically
Generation Z's music lyrics contain " "I" and "me"...more frequently along with anger–related
words, while...a...decline in "we" and "us"and the expression of positive emotions" (Tierney). The
music society listens to, the images they view daily, and the readily available ways to change
appearance
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Daisy Miller Loss Of Innocence Essay
Henry James' novella, Daisy Miller, illustrates the incompatible social constructs of knowledge and
innocence. Daisy, a young, American girl from upstate New York, meets a gentleman named
Winterbourne while on holiday in Switzerland. Also an American transplant living in Switzerland,
he becomes fixated on understanding Daisy's behavior, mystified by her independence and self–
confidence. The opposition of their qualities ultimately leads to Winterbourne wasting their limited
time together trying to decipher whether Daisy's spontaneity is a result of her innocence or the lack
thereof. Daisy Miller herself is an enigma to Winterbourne. Through the narrator's eyes, she is
portrayed as a brash, yet innocent woman who fails to adhere to European etiquette of that time. The
name Daisy alludes to the simplicity and delicacy of the flower. Through Winterbourne's constant
assessment of Daisy's every move, he chalks up her inappropriate behavior to senselessness. But the
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This obliviousness parallels dangers of her late–night rendezvous at the Coliseum with Mr.
Giovanelli and foreshadows her downfall. The danger did not lie in the fact that she was
unsupervised all night with a man, but simply being outdoors all night in an area where malaria ran
rampant. The fearless ignorance to romantic and cultural affairs is not her flaw, but the absence of
mindfulness to such a serious threat. Then we have Frederick Winterbourne, whose thoughts and
outlook make up the majority of the narrative. As his name suggests, Winterbourne emanates an icy
disposition. It is no coincidence that daisies live a short life and then die in the cold of winter. He is
a distinguished man of the world who religiously adheres to the rules of society. The thought of a
woman who embodies both innocence and allure challenges everything that society has taught
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Daisy Miller Research Paper
Daisy Miller: A Metaphorically Violent Death In Henry James's novella, Daisy Miller, the main
character becomes a victim of the violence of manners which ultimately results in her death. The
violence of manners is when a group of people socially dismiss someone for their behavior. Society
turns their back on Daisy Miller because of their old world manners which lead to society turning
their backs on her. By victimizing herself to the violence of manners, Daisy is left alone to become
an outcast in proper society. Daisy's behavior leads to her fraternizing with a man that she should
have nothing to do with. In the end, this relationship that society tried to warn her against leads to
her death. Henry James's story, Daisy Miller, showcases the impact of the violence of manners on an
individual's actions through the societal shunning of Daisy Miller that ultimately leads to her
unfortunate death. The first indication of the violence of ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ...
Daisy no longer fears the consequences of her actions, so she begins to flirt with more than just Mr.
Winterbourne. During an encounter with Mr. Winterbourne, he expressed to her, "...but I wish you
would flirt with me, and me only..." (James) This expression is a prime example of Daisy being
careless with her actions. Daisy can tell that flirting with more than one man is hurting her
reputation and Mr. Winterbourne's feelings, but she does not understand the impact that this is
making on her. The man Daisy claims to love, Mr. Winterbourne, hates that Daisy flirts with others,
yet she is doing nothing to change her ways. Mr. Winterbourne is hurt by Daisy's flirting, but he
does not bring it up again after reprimanding her the first time. Daisy is starting to become numb to
the way society now perceives her. By becoming a victim to the violence of manners, Daisy no
longer has people to push her to
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Daisy Miller Reading Response Essay
Reading Response to Daisy Miller The story of Daisy Miller, by James Henry is told by a male
narrator and is related by a young, American man named Winterborne. Winterborne meets a young
lady named Daisy Miller. Winterborne notices Daisy's naiveté, and befriends her very quickly. Daisy
and her family decide to visit Italy, while in Italy several months passed until Daisy speaks to
Winterborne again, with an invited to Italy. Winterborne travels to Italy and finds Daisy with an
Italian man named Giovanelli. Winterborne realizes that Giovanelli is not what he considers a
gentleman. Winterborne then walks in on Giovanelli and Daisy at the Coliseum late one night, he
thinks of Daisy as "a young lady whom a gentleman need no be at pains to respect."(James) ... Show
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James explores the type of an American girl who is innocent of the knowledge of evil and
immorality. The novel becomes a sort of meditation on the pleasures and perils of innocence in all of
its guises. Daisy is a girl who's unshakably optimistic and fun in a way that only slightly naïve
people can be. Winterbourne is all cynical. Daisy offers a chance for him to recapture that innocence
and charm vicariously. While reading this I kept asking myself if Daisy is aware of what she is
doing it seems as if she wants to become someone she is not. James sees Daisy as the "free,
spontaneous, independent, and natural." (Fogel 3) American girl who is defined as "disreputable."
(Fogel 9) James shows how Daisy's "utter disregard for convention prevents her from successfully
relating to others," (Fogel 9) and leads to her death when she disregards warnings not to go the
Coliseum at night. James writes and thinks through passion it seems in Daisy Miller and is also
thinking of innocence and loneliness. He leaves you not knowing what he is doing or where he is
going, but when Daisy's death occurs it ironically brings out confirmations of her much debated
innocence. James writes with passion to bring out the true emotion in this novel, and he is playing
with innocence throughout the entire
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Daisy Miller And The Story Of An Hour Patriarchy
In "Daisy Miller" by Henry James and "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, both authors
examine the influences of patriarchy on women. However, the differing lengths and styles affect the
meaning and the impression that the stories leave on the reader. In "Daisy Miller: A Study",
Winterbourne constantly judges an American girl, Daisy, on her lack of concern for the rules of
society. The story is written over an extensive amount of time as Winterbourne forms his views of
her, which allows the audience to steadily shape their own opinions of Daisy. However, readers were
not able to view the thoughts of Daisy, while in the "The Story of an Hour", the feelings and
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He does not allow her to write, see others in her life, or leave the house. He treats her like a child
and acts as if she does not understand her own mind. The only outlet for the woman's creativity is
her thoughts of the yellow wallpaper. At the end of the story, the narrator imagines that she is the
woman trapped behind the wallpaper and that she has "gotten out at last" (803). The only freedom
that remains for her is to have a psychotic breakdown. Although she seems triumphant in her escape,
she is no longer herself and has disengaged from
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Daisy Miller
Alexander Jack Papetsas
AP Senior English
Assignment: James' use of Ambiguity in Daisy Miller and theme
Ambiguity Conveys Theme in James' Daisy Miller
In the novella, Daisy Miller by Henry James, the complexities of social conventions, gender
stereotyping and conformity are exposed through the actions and words of the protagonists. Daisy
Miller is the young woman who invites a multitude of speculation regarding her personality and
behavior. James creates ambiguity around Daisy as an insightful glimpse into the harsh social
expectations of the day. Daisy is outgoing and forthright, desires attention, and strays into an area
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James' ambiguity extends to Daisy's use of the word 'exclusive' and furthers his attempt to delineate
the differences between the wealthy and privileged Daisy and the other well–indulged women
around her. This word exclusive has a double meaning, one of which connotes snobbery and
aloofness. The other connotation means stylish and fashionable. When Daisy speaks about
Winterbourne's Aunt she is emphatic in her assessment of Mrs. Costello's 'exclusive' nature, "I want
to know her very much... She would be very exclusive...I'm dying to be exclusive myself. Well, we
are exclusive, mother and I..." (1178). Daisy is almost giddy in her exchange with Winterbourne and
her desire to meet Mrs. Costello despite the fact that Mrs. Costello's opinion of her is something
completely different, "They are the sort of Americans that one does one's duty by not– not
accepting" (1175). Daisy has grown up in an exclusive world which has, to an extent, excluded her
from communicating with everyone acceptably, but which has allowed her to be stylish and enjoy
the fashions of Paris that she loves. The ambiguous meaning of this exchange with Winterbourne
serves to set Daisy apart from the small minded Mrs. Costello who refuses a meeting with her. This
fact does not upset Daisy in the least; she actually seems to admire the fact that Mrs. Costello is so
'exclusive' in her actions. This forgiving demeanor of Daisy is a stark contrast to the elder women
who
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Daisy Miller Loss Of Innocence
Daisy Miller: A Study is a short story that focuses on the various dramatic encounters between the
American woman Daisy Miller and Fredrick Winterbourne, an American born but European raised
gentleman. The narrative drives us to enter Winterbourne's view of the vivacious Daisy and how at
first he is seeking to understand her flirtatious behavior then try to control her to better assist her in
fitting in high society. Daisy being a young socialite herself is not keen on people telling her how to
live life and prefers to be in the company of gentlemen to satisfy her loneliness. This behavior is
viewed by her social peers like Winterbourne as taboos for women and remarked upon several
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As a gentleman of a patriarchal society Winterbourne is perplexed by Daisy's flippant behavior
towards men when she is explaining " I have [She has] always had,'... 'a great deal of gentlemen's
society." (James). Winterbourne is not immediately put off by her comment but instead assess it as
innocence till Daisy's attention has drifted to another man, the handsome multi–talented Giovanelli.
Daisy attempts to rendezvousing with her new friend Giovanelli on night walk but is accompanied
by Winterbourne at his own insistence till Mrs.Walker, an elder lady of their high society later
comes to discuss upon her the matters of proper etiquette. Mrs.Walker discusses with Winterbourne
that Daisy's behavior of interactions with men will ruin her and cohorts him into trying to convince
her to stop these actions by returning with Winterbourne and herself to the hotel. It's in this awkward
confrontation that Winterbourne's view of Daisy's innocence slightly drifts to viewing her as person
that needs to start obeying the old traditions and customs that women of their society
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Daisy Miller Social Norms
In reading Henry James' beautiful novella, Daisy Miller: A Study, one is forced to bear witness to a
few disquieting facts pertaining to the upper class of late 1800's America. Starting with that which is
well known, it is quite obvious that the upper echelons of society have strict social norms. Though
this has always been (and might well always be) true, they seem to have been quite a bit more
stringent in the time, and many more were gender related. Men must stand when a lady approaches,
women must not go out in public alone, one must not have a personal connection with "the help",
and so on. These norms seem to have been particularly restricting for women, and reduced their
options significantly. The second, which also happens to be common
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Figurative Language In Daisy Miller
Authors often design highly complex characters that toy with readers' emotions and force them to
tirelessly ruminate on their personas, traits, and intrinsic qualities. These types of characters artfully
enhance works of literature by bringing a variety of underlying dimensions to their respected pieces.
Each quality that defines them subtly contributes to themes in a piece and touches readers in
different ways. To fully appreciate a character of this depth, they must be broken down and analyzed
from several perspectives. A character from American literature that fits this profound archetype is
Henry James's character Winterbourne from the short story Daisy Miller: A Study. In this piece,
Winterbourne is illustrated as an American young adult ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ...
While ineffectiveness is not an example of good virtue, it functions in the same way as many of
Winterbourne's other traits, such as his submissiveness, by shielding his morality from his actions.
To clarify, he is portrayed as an intrinsically good person, but his ineffectiveness stops him from
explicitly displaying it. James alludes to this by referencing "the superb portrait of Innocent X" (p.
359). This portrayal of the Innocent X was Diego Velasquez's realist interpretation of a Catholic
Pope. Innocent X is famously regarded as a man who lead a very controversial term as pope and was
subject to manipulation from some of the women in his life. More importantly, he is described as a
relatively ineffective person, meaning internal conflicts often obstructed his decision making and
impeded him from acting on his beliefs. This is much the same for Winterbourne who, on the other
hand, has "the pleasure of contemplating a picture of a different kind" – Daisy, "that pretty American
girl" (p. 359). His perpetual deliberation over Daisy aligns him well with the Innocent X, making
James's allusion a critical piece to Winterbourne's description as a good–natured person who
repeatedly fails to show it via his actions. Winterbourne spends such a large part of the story
analyzing Daisy (hence the name, Daisy Miller: A Study) that he never ends
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The Innocence Of Daisy Miller Essay

  • 1. The Innocence of Daisy Miller Essay In 1878, Henry James wrote, Daisy Miller, a novella about a young American girl and her travels in Europe. Daisy Miller is a complex short story with many underlying themes such as appearance versus reality, knowledge versus innocence, outward action versus inward meditation, and Nature versus urbanity. In this short story, one is left to judge whether Daisy Miller, the main character of the story, is "a pretty American flirt" or a misunderstood, modern young woman. By probing into the complexities and contradictions of Daisy's character, it is obvious that Ms. Miller is merely a misunderstood young woman. Through his novel, Henry James shows his readers that the gap between what people believe to be true and the actual truth can be ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... He decides a "pretty American flirt" would be acceptable for him to know. Mainly he wants an excuse to spend time with her. His desire for her to be innocent and undesigning reflects not only on her true personality but also on his lust for her. Mrs. Costello's character symbolizes old money and culture, even though she is American, and thus sets up a stark contrast to Daisy Miller, a character devoid of much ritual or formality. Mrs. Costello had lived much of her life in Europe and had kept a society so intentionally exclusive in America that she has separated herself from any of the qualities associated with the innocence and natural spontaneity of an American. She believes the Miller's to be "common" and tells Winterbourne to stay away from them. However, Daisy represents to Winterbourne what he lacks, standing as a metaphor of what all of Europe lacks, as long as Daisy does not go too far with her social freedom. Winterbourne is largely blinded to the honesty and innocence that Daisy imparts because he has trouble recognizing a manner that has become foreign to him. Thus when Daisy walks calmly along with both Giovanelli and Winterbourne in the Pincio and does not seem anxious to get rid of Winterbourne, Winterbourne is perplexed (36–37). He does not realize that she does not know better and she will ruin herself because of it. ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 2.
  • 3. Daisy Miller At the beginning of the novel "Daisy Miller" by author we are introduced to two characters, Frederick Winterbourne who appears to be a calm and laid back individual who had previously been involved in a relationship with an older woman and Daisy Miller, who is a pretty young girl from New York who is traveling to Italy with her mother and brother. The context gives us some visualization as to Daisy's physical appearance stating "the young girl's eyes were singularly honest and fresh. They were wonderfully pretty eyes" (James 8). and "She sat there with her extremely pretty hands, ornamented with very brilliant rings" (James 9). The way that the author describes Daisy is that as a result of her beautiful appearance she was lusted and sought ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Daisy was also portrayed as a young innocent girl who at times because of her young innocence was able to get away with doing things. Just as Winterbourne seemed to be conflicted about how to feel about Daisy I feel like the author wanted the reader to feel conflicted about her as well. There is also much that we did not learn about Daisy in the book being that she was only pictured as a girl who wanted pleasure and gave pleasure to guys, what she ultimately lacked was the want to stay committed to one man and be able to love them unconditionally. She wanted to love someone for the night and then move on to the next one. There was evidence of this at the end of the book when she became very sick and was about to die, she told Winterbourne that she had never gotten engaged with Giovanelli and they were never planning on getting married. She seemed to be content with that and she seemed to have gotten what she ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 4.
  • 5. Daisy Miller Essay In the novella "Daisy Miller" by Henry James, women are viewed as the inferior and weaker gender, as they are expected to abide by all of society's' laws while at the same time being constantly diminished as human beings. When Winterbourne and Daisy first meet, Daisy is looking for her little brother Randolph, who Winterbourne was previously having a conversation with. Daisy and Winterbourne have a conversation about Randolph's education, all the while, Winterbourne's eyes are focused on Daisy. Winterbourne tunes Daisy out while his eyes wander to her "extremely pretty hands, ornamented with very brilliant rings, folded in her lap...She was very quiet, she sat in a charming, tranquil attitude, but her lips and eyes were constantly moving" (8). ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Winterbourne embodies the societal expectations of women, as he realizes that Daisy is smart, but he ignores her intelligence for her looks, as he focuses not on her words, but on her rings and hands folded together in her lap. Later in the same section, Winterbourne notices that she is still talking, as her lips and eyes are moving, but notes that she is silent, conveying the struggle of women in the time period to be heard. Women of this time period were supposed to be "good girls", where they are seen but not heard. A good girl is one who accepts her role in the patriarchy, and is rewarded for her goodness by being wed. Winterbourne's aunt, Mrs. Costello, believes that Daisy is not a good girl, and tells Winterbourne to be careful around Daisy, as she has agreed to go to the Château de Chillon with him. It was not like a respectable woman to go to a strange place with a man she had just met, so Mrs. Costello doesn't want either of them to tarnish their reputations. Winterbourne then thinks of America and his family there, and remembers how his "...pretty cousins in New York were 'tremendous flirts'. If, therefore, ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 6.
  • 7. Daisy Miller Essay In Daisy Miller, James sets about to study in detail his story's namesake. What he discovers is the young, beautiful girl is untainted by European prejudices: unlike the male protagonist, Frederick Winterbourne. In the opening scene of his story, James depicts in vivid detail the Swiss landscape of Vevey with its large lake, glittering in the background. There seems in James's florid description to be a hint of nostalgia for a bygone time, and this is reflected in him comparing and contrasting the numerous tourist hotels that line the lake. It would be in one of those hotels (to be precise the Trois Couronnes) that Winterbourne would encounter, first, Randolph Miller and, a moment later, his charming sister, Daisy. Like Maise in James's ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... There is, however, the danger, especially in Europe, men will misinterpret her friendliness for something else – sexual availability. It is this misinterpretation by European society that will ultimately lead to her tragic demise. Prior to this happening, Miss Miller and Winterbourne discuss, among other things, a trip to the Château de Chillon. It would be there in that ancient castle, they would walk and talk freely away from prying eyes. Even so, this sojourn is dependent on whether her courier, Eugenio, will stay behind with Mrs Miller and Randolph, and it is precisely his appearance towards the end of their conversation that will lead to a misinterpretation by Eugenio of Winterbourne's true intentions. He believes Winterbourne may present a threat to the young girl's reputation: although that is furthest from the case in the young man's mind. For instance, when Winterbourne mentions his aunt, Mrs Costello, to Miss Miller, he reiterates his intentions are good by suggesting, she would be happy to meet her in addition to confirming her nephew's moral conduct. Later, when Frederick tells Mrs Costello about the beautiful girl, the old woman is horrified to be involved with those pedestrian people – the Millers. It is precisely her ability to judge people of their societal worth; Winterbourne hopes to utilise in order to validate his high opinion of the young ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 8.
  • 9. Characterization Of Symbolism In Daisy Miller By Henry James The personal novel I chose was called "Daisy Miller" by Henry James. The publishers were Harper & Brothers, which was published in 1879. There are a total of 43 pages. The way James' novels are structured is that he begins it with a situation and a character. James would then, in effect, sit back and simply observe what would happen when a character was confronted with this new situation. This allowed him more freedom and allowed him the opportunity of "getting to know" his character by observing him in a series of scenes. Daisy meets Winterbourne in the garden at the Trois Couronnes and impresses him with her bubbling chitchat. Daisy and Winterbourne head to the castle at Chillon together–they're on a boat! At Chillon, that clever Daisy ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... He was a citizen of the world and moved freely in and out of drawing rooms in Europe, England, and America. He was perhaps more at home in Europe than he was in America, but the roots of his life belong to the American continent. Thus, with few exceptions, most of his works deal with some type of confrontation between an American and a European. The James family made frequent and extended visits to Europe during Henry James's childhood, and some of his education occurred in places such as Paris and Geneva. His father scorned material pursuits, and James's education was often unorthodox, including public schooling, private tutoring, and some training as a painter. James spent a year studying law at Harvard, though he quickly left to pursue writing. James published his first short story, in late 1861, and he soon acquired an important friendship with William Dean Howells, the rising young editor of the Atlantic Monthly. James became a successful journalist quite quickly because of his social connections with the Boston and New York elite. His relationship with Howells became an important connection between two public intellectuals and writers. They read each other's work and promoted each other, and the two are considered prominent exponents of American literary Realism–though James would later become something other than a Realist. James took his first trip to Europe as an adult in 1869. It ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 11. Daisy Miller Research Paper For my creative project I have put together a flower vase with carnations, two roses, and a poppy. Each one of these flowers represents something in the book, Daisy Miller. Each flower plays an important role in the novel, though some are considered more significant than others, The carnations are what could be considered the less important flowers. They represent all the men Daisy flirted with throughout her tour of Europe. There are more of them than the other types of flowers because they are symbolically keeping the roses apart. The carnations keep them apart because Daisy sees all the other men, instead of focusing on just Winterbourne, the other rose. There is a poppy right in the middle of all the carnations and the two roses. This ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 13. Essay Observation in Daisy Miller He said to himself that she was too light and childish, too uncultivated and unreasoning, too provincial, to have reflected upon the ostracism or even to have perceived it. Then at other moments he believed that she carried about in her elegant and irresponsible organism a defiant, passionate, perfectly observant consciousness of the impression she produced. (43) The socialites in Daisy Miller's world aspire to a perfection, a nobility, and a superlative of character. But character is a misleading word; interiority is important only insofar as it reflects the assumed depths that come with an appearance of refinement, for the relationships in "Daisy Miller: A Study" are formed by observation, not by conversation. Winterbourne's ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... From the start, Winterbourne is shown as a participatory voyeur. His greatest talent is in particularize female beauty into discrete parts, refining his vision of the whole into smaller, more appreciable pieces: They were wonderfully pretty eyes; and, indeed, Winterbourne had not seen for a long time anything prettier than his fair countrywoman's various features‹her complexion, her nose, her ears, her teeth. He had a great relish for feminine beauty; he was addicted to observing and analysing it; and as regards this young lady's face he made several observations. (7) Besides the visual blazon he writes on Daisy as a traditional weapon of subjugation (and which permits him, momentarily, to "mentally accuse" her face "of a want of finish" [7]), Winterbourne tries something equally dominating‹to usurp Daisy's own power of sight by judging her eyes only on aesthetic terms. In their meeting, Daisy is at first ostensibly pinned by Winterbourne's evaluative gaze of superlatives and particularization, but her eyes tell another story: "She sat there with her extremely pretty hands, ornamented with very brilliant rings, folded in her lap, and with her pretty eyes now resting upon those of ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 15. Charming Daisy Miller Essay Charming Daisy Miller from the story of the same name became a victim of public opinion because of her naturalness and unwillingness to obey the etiquette. Although Daisy's formality are not usual in European society and etiquette, Winterbourne, a young American who mostly lived in Geneva all his years is intrigued by the "pretty American flirt" (1173) Daisy and her indigenous ideals. However, her love of freedom is too decorative and does not arouse any interest. Daisy Miller is a short story by a little–known American writer, Henry James, about the mysterious phenomenon of the personality of a young American woman. The story is written simply, and uninvitedly, using ordinary language. The behavior of the main character, Daisy Miller, leaves no one indifferent. She is likened to a woman of easy virtue, flirting and mating with men of dubious reputation. Moreover, this makes Winterbourne question her innocence, "Were they all like that, the pretty girls who had a good deal of gentlemen's society (1173)?" because of her flirtatious ways. Daisy Miller learns that in Europe people are not allowed to behave as they please, and for the ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Even so, because of the weak literary style, the character of Daisy does not cause any sympathy and the theme of the influence of society is poorly disclosed. In the story, Winterbourne's enlightened and good manners are at odds with Daisy's lack of education and her crudity. Therefore, Mrs. Costello speaks about Daisy's vulgarity and also comments "no, you don't know how well she dresses. I can't think where they get their taste (1176)". This also symbolically stipulates European upright and idealistic pride over the American culture that depicts through not only Daisy but her mother and little brother. Moreover, Daisy's traits were judged more harshly than men because she is a woman. She exemplifies what most women during her time were afraid to do or act ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 17. Gender's Role In Daisy Miller a. Self and others – Winterbourne is a character while at times could be very judgmental and opinionated, seems to view himself as part of a larger community. He is only judgmental because he is aware of what society deems as inappropriate when it comes to what Daisy Miller is doing. Winterbourne often thinks about others and typically not himself. For example, in the beginning, Randolph was pestering him for sugar lumps. Winterbourne told Randolph, "If you eat three lumps of sugar, your mother will certainly slap you." While people may interpret Winterbourne differently, I see many cases of him being thoughtful of others and caring towards other people. Daisy Miller is a character that is rather self–centered focusing on herself and what she ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Gender and sexuality – Gender plays a large role in the story of Daisy Miller. In the beginning and at the end, Winterbourne is known to be "studying" in Geneva. What this really means is that he is spending time with older, foreign coquettes. On the other hand, Daisy Miller is heavily looked down upon especially when she is in Rome. When Winterbourne arrives in Rome, his aunt tells him "When she comes to a party she brings with her a gentleman with a good deal of manner and a wonderful mustache." Also, people continue to question her actions throughout the novella. For example, when Daisy Miller explains that she is going to the Pincio, Mrs. Walker replies with, "Alone, my dear–at this hour?" The carriage scene is another example of this happening. Both Mrs. Walker and Winterbourne tell her that she should go home because they are worried about her reputation being ruined by her walking the streets of Rome. In conclusion, Winterbourne is never confronted about what he does with older foreign ladies whether it is in the beginning or in the end of the novella. However, Daisy Miller's actions are criticized. Both gender and the attraction between Winterbourne and Daisy Miller play a large theme. Winterbourne's ultimate desire is to have Daisy Miller to himself to ultimately marry ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 19. Daisy Miller Research Paper Daisy Miller leaves America and is placed into a foreign society in which she has no connections, and is left without a guide to help her assimilate to the culture. While maturing into an adult she is also having to deal with this cultural collision, and the way she responds to it is highly frowned upon. Her actions, deemed childish and improper, cause her to be shunned from European society, which relates back to Henry James purpose of shining light upon the flaws of a woman's "proper" place in society in the late 1800's. Daisy Miller is still a young teenager and has not been shown the proper way to attract a man's attention, let alone a man in a foreign country who has a higher social standing than her. When Winterbourne first tries to ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... After the people of Rome see her flittering about the streets with one or two men on her arm, she is cut off from the society she so dearly wishes to be a part of. People stare at her on the streets, ridicule her actions, and refuse to speak to her; this type of action shows just how harsh and unforgiving the European culture can be when someone, especially a woman, breaks their cycle of normality; Henry James is trying to get this point across to his readers. After Daisy has cut her ties, unknowingly, with most people, she is shocked at how she is received at Mrs. Barker's party; Daisy comes to join in conversation with guests and she is ignored and discarded. Winterbourne has to explain to her that her actions are causing her to be gossipped about and shunned by the society; her face turns pale and she is shocked by this news. Daisy however, not knowing how to respond to this simply continues her ways, leading to her death. After Winterbourne discovers Daisy in the Colosseum at midnight with Giovanelli, he gives up on her and says she is not worthy of being respected anymore; when Daisy loses this final respect, she contracts the Roman fever and dies. All of society has given up on Daisy, there is no hope for her anymore, and when the Daisy has no hope, it will perish. Although it may seem like Daisy was the cause of her own death, she was not; society's response to her oblivious actions caused her to pursue them further, leading to her death. Henry James kills Daisy to show just how detrimental European social expectations can be; Daisy is trying to assimilate into a new culture, and is received with nothing but ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 21. Daisy Miller Perceptions Marcus Aurelius who was a Roman Emperor who once said "Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life." Often times are perception of people come from our observation of a person's behavior and the words they speak. In the novels Daisy Miller and The House of Mirth, portray how men observe women and how it's an intricate part that determines if they should pursue after the woman that captivate their attention. The novel Daisy Miller is about a beautiful, rich young girl who attracts a man named Winterbourne, who is captivated by the independent and outgoing personality she embraces, yet she has a certain innocence about her that Winterbourne which ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 23. Daisy Miller Loss Of Innocence In Henry James' novella, the importance of social etiquette is emphasized in Miss Daisy Miller's defiance of acceptable behavior. Her disobedience and naïve nature leads to a loss of respect among Switzerland's society. At first glance, Daisy is categorized as a "pretty American flirt" by Winterbourne for her honest, fresh and free–spirited stature (12). As Winterbourne begins to uncover her true nature, he becomes aware of her inability to adapt to the social norms. He concludes that she deliberately refuses to follow the codes of a respectable women. He is unaccustomed to her rebellion and her ignorance of opinions that gain her an unreceptive reputation as a disrespectful girl. Winterbourne depicts Daisy Miller's character as naïve, stubborn ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Walker fears for Daisy Miller's growing reputation and seeks to guide her towards salvation to behold a proper image. She offers Daisy to drive around in a carriage circling the town to allow people to see a conservative angle and kill the demeaning judgments following her actions. Daisy ignores the opinions of society and mocks concerns associated with the societal standard. She ridiculed Winterbourne's concerns taunting," that– to save my reputation– does Mr. Winterbourne think I should get into the carriage?" (43). Living in Switzerland, Ms. Miller refuses to vacate her American customs and surrender to living in harmony with the societal values of the country. In order to affirm her beliefs, she rejects Mrs. Walker's offer and offends her asserting, "If this is improper, then I am all improper, and you must give me up" (44). She pushes the boundaries and tests the limits of respect because she is unaware of the consequences to her actions. Her headstrong attitude leads her to think she is invincible from punishment which causes her to continue to manipulate until she is pleased. When questioned about her outlook she responds, "That's all I want– a little fuss!" (26). As Daisy and Winterbourne's relationship evolves, Winterbourne begins to see her true character perceive Daisy as a manipulative flirt. Winterbourne suddenly faces the true categorization of Ms. Miller and recognizes, "She was a young lady whom a gentleman need no longer be at pains to respect" (60). ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 25. Daisy Miller: Post-Civil War The novella Daisy Miller: A Study, is an excellent example of the cultural differences and conflict between American and European culture during the post Civil War Era. The character Daisy Miller is a symbol of American culture and values, whereas Winterbourne is the symbol of European culture and values, though American himself. Daisy and Winterbourne are metaphors for not only the differences between American and European culture, but also a prime example of how Europe viewed America during this time. According to the Merriam–Webster's Encyclopedia Of Literature "Daisy Miller uses the contrast between American innocence and European sophistication as a powerful tool with which to examine social conventions" (Daisy). This is apparent through ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Daisy and Winterbourne are metaphors for not only the differences between American and European culture, but also a prime example of how Europe viewed America during this time. Daisy as a symbol for America expressed what it was like for America being a newly rich nation. She also showed how the Nation was trying to find itself during this time, and it's longing to stand out and be an individual nation rather than conforming to the beliefs and culture of Europe. Winterbourn, as a symbol for Europe expressed how Europe was trying to put America in a box, good or bad, but nothing else. Winterbourn was trying to get Daisy to be something that she was not, much like what Europe was trying to do to America during this time. "Daisy Miller in its entirety functions as a metaphor and shows a marked predilection on the part of the author for American ethos and great concern to point the finger to conflicting boundaries that exist between America and Europe in terms of sociocultural and psychological discrepancies ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 27. Examples Of Realism In Daisy Miller "Psychological Realism in "Daisy Miller" Written by Henry James, "Daisy Miller" is a novella that first appeared in Cornhill magazine in 1878 and later published in 1879. The novella narrates the courtship of a young beautiful American girl called Daisy Miller by Winterbourne, a sophisticated young American–turned European man, whose efforts to win her heart has been derailed by Daisy Miller's flirtatiousness and care–free life, which has been frowned upon by the community in Geneva and Rome. This fictional story shows a noticeable change from social realism to psychological realism, which is regarded as more nuanced (Cokal). This worldwide trend was evidently in the literature of America during this time, which also marched with an incursion ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... And while the author chooses the protagonist's name to be the title of his novella, he makes Winterbourne be the first person narrator. While this is undeniable, it is true that Daisy has been psychologized and that the function of the girl Daisy is to act as a plot device and a representation of the American innocence in Europe. According to Ohmann, "James began writing with one attitude towards his heroine and concluded with a second and different attitude towards her"(2). What Ohmann is trying to say is that Daisy is depicted as an innocent, flirtatious young woman, mostly unmindful of her society's degree of judgment, which is a reflection of an emerging American class. In his description of "Daisy Miller" novella, Johnson states that "a compelling feminist counter– narrative of American womanhood defined by freedom despite social constraints" (41). In the text, it is evident that while the characters of female gender are still confined within particular social confinement and Daisy is punished with death. Johnson adds that "her moments of defiance linger long after the sting of her death subsides." ( 42) This is witnessed long after Daisy's death when Fredrick Winterbourne comes to the realization that "he had done her injustice" (James 83) because he had "lived too long in foreign parts"(James ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 29. New Criticism Of Daisy Miller In Henry James's "novella," his heroine: Daisy Miller is a young woman who dared to challenge the old guard. Her nature, though rebellious was pure and innocent, and her death was in itself her last rebellion. She died a martyr for a cause in which she believed: the freedom of women. She was the first of a new generation of independent women, women outside of the control of the Mrs. Walkers of the world: women who were free. Alive Daisy was bound by the chains of society, in death she was let loose from her bindings. Her death was not an example of failure, it was the greatest gift she could have given. In life, Daisy was looked at as a woman of ill repute by the socialites who mattered in Europe, but in death, she superseded this role, and became something much more: a symbol of rebellion. In this way Daisy's death challenged the social order. By loosing her life, she showed just how powerful a woman could be. Using a lens of New Historicism, the reader is able to recognize much more from the behavior of Daisy in contrast to using a lens submerged in today's mentality. From an eye born and raised in the twenty–first century, one really cannot see what all the fuss was about. She just appears to be a normal (albeit very rich) girl, who goes about her life acting ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Her resting place is shown to be that of a righteous girl, gone in her prime, not that of a scandalous vixen. In particular the spring flowers suggest happiness and irreproachability, while the evergreen cypress tree represents something steadfast and unchanging. This is probably one of the best examples of Daisy's purity. The way James describes her resting place is in itself tacit acknowledgment of her ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 31. Daisy Miller Dialectical Journal Based on Harper's Magazine article, Daisy Miller it's portrayed as a coquette, a flirt. Throughout Daisy Miller, the novella, there are many examples that support the negative opinion of Harper's Magazine. Daisy Miller is an American girl who displays herself in an uncommon way bragging to Winterbourne saying, "I have more friends in New York than in Schenectady–more gentleman friends"(1.8) During the Gilded age, the late 1800's, in Europe, it was an abnormal thing for girls to brag about having gentlemen friends, yet here that's exactly what Daisy does. Daisy and Winterbourne are in the middle of a conversation, when Daisy gloats to Winterbourne about all the friends she has back in New York, more exactly her gentlemen friends. However, ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... "They seem to have made several acquaintances, but the courier continues to be the most intime. The young lady, however, is also very intimate with some third–rate Italians, with whom she rackets about in a way that makes much talk."(2.25) This show that Daisy likes and wants the attention of not one, but many men, charming them with her flirtatious acts. Every woman even nowadays likes the attention of men, however the attention of a few men all at once is what makes Daisy a flirt. Daisy acts in an unsophisticated way, not hiding the fact that she leads men on, rather giving people a chance to speak negatively about her. She simply enjoys flirting with men, making sure that in every place she travels, there's at least one man giving her attention. Just like in Geneva where Daisy flaunts Winterbourne around , in Rome she finds someone else to flaunt around, Mr. Giovanelli. At night, Winterbourne walks around admiring the beauty in Rome, when he sees Daisy, however she isn't alone it says that, "Giovanelli was at her side and Giovanelli, too, wore an aspect of even unwonted brilliancy."(2.47) Daisy is never alone, she always has a man by her side, never ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 33. The Community's Fallacy In Daisy Miller By Henry James THE COMMUNITY'S JUDGMENTS Logical fallacies are the common definitions which are used not only in our normal communication but also applied in many commercials, movies and stories. Basically, one of the most common fallacies, named Bandwagon, is usually seen in a lot of stories. Bandwagon fallacy, which is also named as a groupthink, a peer pressure or a common opinion, is defined as an action or a thinking that is right to do. The reason is because this opinion is popular, supported by the group; or you will be accepted if you do it. Consequently, it is easy to see that in "Daisy Miller" (Henry James), most of the characters' behaviors are determined by this fallacy. Moreover, it seems that only Daisy Miller has to resist ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Consequently, in "Daisy Miller", it is clear to see that the author, Henry James, uses the Bandwagon fallacy for helping readers to realize easily all of the arguments along the story. It is also easy to indicate that just because Daisy Miller insists on her American independence which is not accepted in Europe, she has to pay a heavy price: her death. Furthermore, in this story, the Bandwagon fallacy is used for setting off the morality of European people who judge or be judged based on their sociality's common opinion at that time. Therefore, this fallacy means if people can get along with the common sense of the sociality where they're living, they will be accepted; but if not, they will be eliminated although they think that they do a right ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 35. Daisy Miller Research Paper In the novel Daisy Miller, writer Henry James shows the different cultures between American and European. Henry James more like the American culture, he had confidence in American culture and believed that America was a country of democracy and freedom. For his novels he always set against a larger international background, usually between America and Europe by showing the two different culture with two different groups of people representing two different value systems. The pattern of his novels is use young American man or her destiny to show the conflict between two cultures. The immature boy or girl would be cruelly wronged, betrayed and beguiled at the hand, those who pretend to stand for the highest possible socialization. James usually uses marriage and love as a focal point ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... In this novel from those characteristics we can find how Henry James set this up. Europeans were more concerned with are, more cultured and more aware of social situations. Americans were innocent and have more moral issues. When James lived in Europe and he knew the European culture that the rules you live by cannot be changed. So he uses Daisy Miller as represent American as freedom, but Daisy Miller has never become the American girl in Europe. Just like Giovanelli tells Winterbourne that Daisy was: "the most beautiful young lady I ever saw, and the most amiable... and the most innocent." In my opinion, if a person wants to successfully deal with a new culture. He must first learn to affirm and respect different rules in that culture. Because those rules are the rich experience of unman experience. Then, he should adjust himself in a way based on who you are and how you live, so you can fit in the current situation. At the end you should be able to socialize in a way that fits the old rule you usually live by and the new rule you live by ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 37. The Main Characters In Henry James's Daisy Miller In Henry James's "Daisy Miller," the main character Frederick Winterbourne masks Daisy Miller's personality with his own imagination. Told from a limited narration point of view, this novel solely emphasizes Mr. Winterbourne's perception of the world around him, focusing most on Ms. Daisy's character. Mr. Winterbourne aims to unravel Ms. Miller's character make–up throughout chapter one, using only his and his aunt's preconceived notions of women in American society. By being too introspective and imaginative, Mr. Winterbourne is unable to see Ms. Miller as anything more but a conquest, and therefore he is unable to empathize with her as another human being. When Mr. Winterbourne first notices Ms. Miller, he fixates on her prettiness and refuses to stray from his surface level admiration, even after inquiring about her. The narrator, embodying Mr. Winterbourne's thoughts, repeats "pretty American girl," constantly, revealing Mr. Winterbourne's reasoning for becoming captivated by her to begin with. Mr. Winterbourne's fixation on Ms. Miller being a pretty girl depicts how he is captivated by the alluring nature of her beauty, considering she had done nothing at first to captivate him with her speech or her personality. He builds the foundation of his relationship with her on physical attributes, expecting her personality to follow his preconceived mental sculpture of how a young, pretty American woman is supposed to act. After being captivated by her prettiness, Mr. ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 39. Daisy Miller Essay In Henry James' novella "Daisy Miller," the speaker describes a woman caught between two worlds with total different expectations for woman. Throughout the book, Daisy, the main character, is criticized for her unusual behavior for a woman during her time period. Daisy acts in complete opposition of the standards society has set for women, forcing her into the label of "a pretty American flirt." Daisy Miller's unfavorable description brings forth disapproval of her actions from members of her society, often known as violence of manners. The violence of manners Daisy's conduct brings upon her proves the flaws between the concept of the old world vs. new world and the objectification of women in society. At the beginning of the story, readers ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Throughout the story, Daisy's physical features are described in great detail, but the speaker never mentions her intelligence or anything of substance. For example, Winterbourne often comments on Daisy's "pretty hands" and "pretty eyes," but he never suggests she is more than her appearance. Along with women being a man's eye candy, they are also suppose to comply with every rule and never have an opposing opinion. For example, women were suppose to never be alone with a man without a chaperone present, but Daisy defies this rule every time she spends evenings alone with Mr. Giovanelli. Not only do Daisy's actions go against the social norm, but her outspoken personality does as well. With no hesitation, Daisy told Winterbourne she had a "great deal of gentlemen's society," which ultimately surprised Winterbourne because no young girl he had spoken with expressed "themselves in such fashion." During this time period, women were not suppose to speak of men in such a promiscuous way because women were the objects of sexual content not the subjects, which is why Daisy's use of such language was considered inappropriate by Winterbourne and other members of the European society. Because Daisy spoke and acted differently than what the European society expected of woman, she was outcasted as a classless, unladylike woman, which accurately ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 41. The And The Word Of Land By Daisy Miller Daisy Miller examines European high society throughout the 1870s. The societal norms are placed firmly in the beliefs of the class system, social status, and education: all of which are needed in order to successfully assimilate into the world of the upper class. Henry James makes it clear that these norms make up the lives of the high society through his characterization of the "uncultivated" Daisy Miller. Daisy's character is questionable throughout the novella, and the word "uncultivated" has been necessary to coming to that conclusion. Throughout Daisy Miller the word "uncultivated" is a key component to grasping the complexities of Daisy's character. "Uncultivated" appears a total of four times: twice in each part. Its meaning is not being highly educated and socially adept. Daisy proves to be unrefined throughout the novella. According to Winterbourne it's, "impossible to regard her as a perfectly well–conducted young lady," due to her rendezvous about town. Daisy insists on going around with unknown men, stays out all hours of the night, and employs Americanized standards. The first and second time "uncultivated" appears is within the same paragraph when Winterbourne is speaking with his Aunt about Daisy. He states, "she is completely uncultivated...but she is wonderfully pretty, and, in short, very nice," giving the reader a distinct idea of Daisy Miller's character and how she is received. Winterbourne's Aunt, Mrs. Costello, responds swiftly that he, "better not ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 43. Daisy Miller Essay Daisy Miller, a lady of intrigue and danger. A personage to not be trifled with, yet seemingly enjoys trifling with others. A lady of beauty and grace that left her wild side completely unchecked in a world of deportment and social standards. Daisy Miller written by Henry James is a short novel which details the rise and untimely demise of an American heiress coming into contact with old world standards of conduct. Mr. Winterbourne, the man through whom the reader sees Miss Daisy, is the central character of this short novella. Throughout the book Daisy constantly breaks societal rules on her tour of Europe. This has many effects upon Winterbourne and his response to Daisy's unbridled disregard for social conventions. Daisy allows her ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Daisy, who arrived in Italy before Winterbourne, has wasted no time breaking all the rules of society she can think of. When Winterbourne enters the scene, Daisy has already made a bad reputation for herself by spending copious amounts of time in the presence of Mr. Giovanelli, a man of common birth (James 37). The age, social rank, and assumed moral differences between these two characters has been enough to cause quite a stir. Winterbourne, who was raised with many social conventions, is appalled at her behavior and finally has the good sense to put some distance between himself and her. During this time Daisy continues to make choices that allow Winterbourne to truly see her true identity and see her for what she truly was: a woman who used her beauty to fool those around her that she was innocent. He finds it impossible to say that she was a lady after these revelations in Italy (James 41). But as if enough was not already enough, Daisy Miller ends tragically. Daisy is aware, as Winterbourne told her many times, that there was a deadly fever going around in the lower class of society and that she really should not be out and about in areas such as those. Sadly, Daisy pays no heed to that "social law", and just like the rest, she breaks it as soon as possible. What Miss Miller did not realize that, yes, while all of these cultural norms may ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 45. Daisy Miller Perceptions Marcus Aurelius who was a Roman Emperor who once said "Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life." Often times are perception of people come from our observation of a person's behavior and the words they speak. In the novels Daisy Miller and The House of Mirth, portray how men observe women and how it's an intricate part that determines if they should pursue after the woman that captivate their attention. The novel Daisy Miller is about a beautiful, rich young girl who attracts a man named Winterbourne, who is captivated by the independent and outgoing personality she embraces, yet she has a certain innocence about her that Winterbourne which ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 47. Daisy Miller by Henry James There is an importance of the international theme that helps people better understand the differences of American and European culture. When these two cultures clash, this leads to understanding just how different Americans are from their European counterparts. Even though the international theme helps one find the differences in the continent and country, it also enables one to note the significant evilness that Europe possesses. There are so many distinctions that Europeans and Americans that they just might not see the picture of what Daisy Miller is about. The characters that Henry James writes about in Daisy Miller come across as being innocent, free, and fresh. This can only be said for the American characters. There were always sentences that make Europeans seem like they are snobby and corrupt. There is that little hint of sophistication. One would assume that this comes with the territory. When Daisy and her family are in Europe, they represent the New World element in the Old World. The protagonist, Daisy Miller, is beautiful and charming. She is unlike anybody else in Europe because all of the other people act mature and somewhat boring. She is just a free spirit that tries to incorporate as much of the European element as much as she possibly can. Her way of doing so is a bit unusual to the locals, but this is the way that she wants to spend her time in Europe. Because she choses to do so, she is unappreciated in terms of the how the Europeans want her to act ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 49. Comparing Daisy and Countess Olenska in Daisy Miller and... The story "Daisy Miller" is a romance of a love that can never be. The character Annie P. Miller (known as Daisy Miller) is portrayed as a young naive wild yet, innocent girl who want to do nothing more but have fun with the company she please. The story "Daisy Miller" is a lot like The Age of Innocence. In both the movie and the book the leading lady was shunned from society because of their behavior. Both Daisy and the Countess Olenska were misunderstood and out–casted because they were saw as different. These women did not want to conform to what the society thought was proper and good, they had their own opinion and was bold in their time to state it. Daisy thought it was okay, even nice to have many gentlemen friends. She did not ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... She enjoyed herself and that was enough for her to be happy. The Countess Olenska was much like Daisy. The Countess was a free sprit who did not care that society did not agree with her suing for a divorce. She wanted to be free. She hated when everyone that she felt were so nice turned and gave her the cold shoulder. The Countess did not like being shunned so she did give consideration to society's chants. She did not sue for the divorce but she refused to go back to her husband. Society was not the reason for her actions although, considered, did not make the final decision. Like every romance there has to be a charming gentlemen. In The Age of Innocence there were Newland and Winterborne in "Daisy Miller". These two man were a lot alike and in so many ways so different. They were different because of their circumstance but also had different point of views. They were both gentlemen and made choices as gentlemen should. Newland was a gentlemen gentleman. He did not like for people to talk ghastly of The Countess. He felt she should make her own choice. Newland was inclined to a woman being equal to and having equal freedom as a man. Newland, however, had a set of circumstance that made this romance go for a loop. Newland was engaged to The Countess Olenska's cousin. The fact did not stop him from confessing his love to The Countess. He made the choice to go ahead with the wedding, with the help of The Countess Olenska, just as ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 51. Stereotypes In Daisy Miller Written by American writer Henry James in 1878, the novella "Daisy Miller" delineates the story of a young American girl Daisy Miller narrated by Winterbourne, a young compatriot of hers who has spent most of his life in Geneva. Henry, along with other characters in the novel, condemns Daisy's boldness and defiance. He often describes Daisy as seductress who is trying to trap Winterbourne. However, feminist interpretation of the novel brings forth Daisy as a heroine who represents first generation New Woman whose emergent femininity doesn't fit into societal norms. She acquires her freedom in male dominated world through defiance. Daisy is part of a generation of young American women to whom more options than ever were open as women's rights ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... James portrayed some of society's own ambivalent views on what paths the New Woman could take, and what dangers she still faced, especially in the older, more established European culture. In many ways, the novella shows how menacing a path to physical and psychological enclosure can be, causing her to face many adversaries. Henry notes, "The vesper service was going forward...meanwhile, between Mrs. Costello and her friends, there was a great deal said about poor little Miss Miller's going really too far" (James 53). In a time when women were criticized about for not following the common norms of females, Daisy is too much ahead of her time and her feminist urgings causes her to inevitably fail. Alternatively, perhaps James subconsciously wants to kill the impending feminist movement and enforce the dominance of males over females, whose standards are not presented by Daisie's rebellious character. Furthermore, perhaps James uses his novel to reinforce gender stereotypes and the importance of the cult of domesticity, as Daisy's rebellious character, which was very peculiar in this era, resulted in her death and intense denunciation from society. Additionally, Daisy crosses the gender line of female sexuality to pursue her desires; her free attitude and ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 53. Daisy Miller Essay Daisy Miller" by Henry James, is a study of a young American girl's rebuttal of all things "proper" and refusal to conform to social standards. One can see that realism is apparent throughout the text. The characters utilize free will throughout, are affected by their environment and familial relationships, and ultimately make their own choices. These choices eventually affect the outcome in an unhappy ending. Jame's creates characters that encompass both sides of the social sphere in this work. Winterbourne, Mrs. Costello and Mrs. Walker are all individuals that come from old money, a higher societal background, and expectations of what is deemed right and proper. In contrast, Daisy Miller, Mrs. Miller, Randolph and Eugenio are the opposite in many ways coming from an average societal realm and more realistic, modest lifestyle. Winterbourne has a rather telling conversation with Mrs. Walker and her statement to him upon asking what exactly it is that Daisy does that pushes "too far" sums up the overall reputation Daisy is establishing for herself. "(she does) Everything that is not done here. Flirting with any man she could pick up; sitting in corners with mysterious Italians; dancing all the evening with the same partners; receiving visits at eleven o'clock at night"(James, p. 1537). Daisy's ability to make her own choices and follow her free will are aspects of realism which writers began to utilize. Again, her environment and family most definitely affect her behavior. ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 55. Daisy Miller- the Huck Finn of Her Time Martin Daisy Miller was not the average young European woman during the 1800's. Much like Huckleberry Finn, Daisy, coming from America did not want to conform to the norms of European society. She wanted to be her own individual. While reading Daisy Miller there were three common themes that arose which led me to believe that Daisy could be addressed as the female version of Huck Finn. Some of the themes include: the constant search for freedom, rejecting the norms of society, and the uncultured lifestyles that both tried to achieve. Huck Finn was in constant search of freedom beyond schooling and dressing up for Sundays. "The Widow Douglas, she took me for her son, and allowed she would civilize me, but it was rough living in the ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Both Daisy and Huck find pleasure in knowing that it's ok to live outside of society's expectations, especially if it's what made them happy. Daisy and Huck were known for the uncultured lifestyles that they both worked hard to achieve. Daisy, growing up in an era where young women were suppose to be seen rather than heard, thrived on the fact that she knew how to drive men crazy. She knew she was attractive and used it to her benefit. Huck was given a warm house to stay in, with food on the table and clothes on his back, but yet chose to leave for a more adventurous life. Not only did he pass up a fairly normal home life, but he took to adventures on the river with the widow's slave Jim. "Hello, Jim! He bounced up and stared at me wild. Then he drops down on his knees, and puts his hands together and says: Doan' hut me– don't. I was ever so glad to see Jim I warn't lonesome now. I told him I warn't afraid of him telling people where I was. It's good daylight, lets get breakfast." (pg.241) This passage shows me how little Huck cares about what society thinks of him. He finds his widow's slave and instead of turning him in, he feeds him, and the two become comrades. Many people would condemn Huck for associating and helping a run –away slave. Huck never once regrets his decision, and the two become the best of friends. Much like Huck, Daisy lives a very uncultured lifestyle as well. She came from America to Europe and ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 57. Essay about Innocence in Daisy Miller James' manipulation of appearances in Daisy Miller as well as other character's notions of these appearances provides us with a novella of enigmatic and fascinating characters. Daisy, the most complicated of these ambiguities, is as mysterious as she is flirtatious. James gives her a carefully constructed enigmatic quality that leaves the reader wondering what her motivations were and who she truly was. He structures the novella in such a way as to stress the insights that the supporting characters provide into Daisy's character, weather accurate or erroneous. Despite their questionable reliability, they allow James to make commentary on both European and American cultures and social class. In Daisy Miller the protagonist, Daisy, ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Walker goes a step further than merely gossiping about Daisy's scandalous meetings with men by trying to stop one such episode. On this particular day Daisy was walking around a very crowded corner of Rome with both Giovanelli and Winterbourne. Mrs. Walker pleads with Daisy to get into the carriage with her but Daisy laughs her off saying "If this is improper, Mrs. Walker... than I am all improper, and you must give me up" (93)! James attempts to explain this lack of inhibition by constructing for her a simplistic vernacular and almost oblivious approach to life that would prove her innocence. Without knowledge, any faux pas are assumed inexperience, not immorality. This inexperience with more cultured society is also apparent in her vernacular. Daisy says things like "ever so" (56) that give her away as an "uncultivated person" (121). Her name, and the fact that it is her chosen, not given one, is also very significant. Miller suggests her family's humble history and Daisy, a "common flower...is also simple and unpretentious. The fact that it opens up in the sun also suggests [Daisy's] life–loving qualities" (121). That she chose this name also supports a view that Daisy had no qualms about living the way she does as a simple, life–loving creature. James also provides some subtle symbolism to support once again Daisy's innocence. In one scene, Daisy sits alone with Giovanelli and a painting of "Innocence X by Velazquez" (105) hangs above them to remind the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 59. Vanity In The Crucible By Daisy Miller A constant rise of inflated sense of self and one's persona, the explosion of new technology enabling a "Me first" sentiment, and more readily available ways to manipulate the body to appear "perfect" have contributed to the rise of vanity in modern society. Vanity has been on the earth since the beginning of time, as the Bible warns that "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised" (Proverbs 31:30). People have always been vainful, putting their own self–interests above that of another person, but the amount of those people with an excessive interest and admiration for themselves and only themselves has equated to a new generation overflowing with narcissists. The growth of technology plays ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Generation Z, also known as "Generation Me", as nicknamed by previous generations are notoriously selfish and self–absorbed, only focused on themselves. Narcissism is much more highly prevalent in this current society despite its critics," [narcissism] has been misused and overused so flagrantly that it's no but meaningless when it comes to labeling truly destructive tendencies" (Daum 461). Society is narcissistic, with each person obsessed over their own self–importance. YouTube videos and vloggers have become a regular aspect of today's society and culture. People walk around with cameras strapped to their heads or chest, videotaping their entire lives and posting it for the world to see, as they truly believe their own life is so significant that the entire universe should stop living their own lives and take the time to watch, comment, like and subscribe to their life instead of the viewer living their own lives. The music industry has even taken a turn towards encouraging narcissism. Lyrics have drastically changed from generation to generation, specifically Generation Z's music lyrics contain " "I" and "me"...more frequently along with anger–related words, while...a...decline in "we" and "us"and the expression of positive emotions" (Tierney). The music society listens to, the images they view daily, and the readily available ways to change appearance ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 61. Daisy Miller Loss Of Innocence Essay Henry James' novella, Daisy Miller, illustrates the incompatible social constructs of knowledge and innocence. Daisy, a young, American girl from upstate New York, meets a gentleman named Winterbourne while on holiday in Switzerland. Also an American transplant living in Switzerland, he becomes fixated on understanding Daisy's behavior, mystified by her independence and self– confidence. The opposition of their qualities ultimately leads to Winterbourne wasting their limited time together trying to decipher whether Daisy's spontaneity is a result of her innocence or the lack thereof. Daisy Miller herself is an enigma to Winterbourne. Through the narrator's eyes, she is portrayed as a brash, yet innocent woman who fails to adhere to European etiquette of that time. The name Daisy alludes to the simplicity and delicacy of the flower. Through Winterbourne's constant assessment of Daisy's every move, he chalks up her inappropriate behavior to senselessness. But the following interaction ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... This obliviousness parallels dangers of her late–night rendezvous at the Coliseum with Mr. Giovanelli and foreshadows her downfall. The danger did not lie in the fact that she was unsupervised all night with a man, but simply being outdoors all night in an area where malaria ran rampant. The fearless ignorance to romantic and cultural affairs is not her flaw, but the absence of mindfulness to such a serious threat. Then we have Frederick Winterbourne, whose thoughts and outlook make up the majority of the narrative. As his name suggests, Winterbourne emanates an icy disposition. It is no coincidence that daisies live a short life and then die in the cold of winter. He is a distinguished man of the world who religiously adheres to the rules of society. The thought of a woman who embodies both innocence and allure challenges everything that society has taught ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 63. Daisy Miller Research Paper Daisy Miller: A Metaphorically Violent Death In Henry James's novella, Daisy Miller, the main character becomes a victim of the violence of manners which ultimately results in her death. The violence of manners is when a group of people socially dismiss someone for their behavior. Society turns their back on Daisy Miller because of their old world manners which lead to society turning their backs on her. By victimizing herself to the violence of manners, Daisy is left alone to become an outcast in proper society. Daisy's behavior leads to her fraternizing with a man that she should have nothing to do with. In the end, this relationship that society tried to warn her against leads to her death. Henry James's story, Daisy Miller, showcases the impact of the violence of manners on an individual's actions through the societal shunning of Daisy Miller that ultimately leads to her unfortunate death. The first indication of the violence of ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Daisy no longer fears the consequences of her actions, so she begins to flirt with more than just Mr. Winterbourne. During an encounter with Mr. Winterbourne, he expressed to her, "...but I wish you would flirt with me, and me only..." (James) This expression is a prime example of Daisy being careless with her actions. Daisy can tell that flirting with more than one man is hurting her reputation and Mr. Winterbourne's feelings, but she does not understand the impact that this is making on her. The man Daisy claims to love, Mr. Winterbourne, hates that Daisy flirts with others, yet she is doing nothing to change her ways. Mr. Winterbourne is hurt by Daisy's flirting, but he does not bring it up again after reprimanding her the first time. Daisy is starting to become numb to the way society now perceives her. By becoming a victim to the violence of manners, Daisy no longer has people to push her to ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 65. Daisy Miller Reading Response Essay Reading Response to Daisy Miller The story of Daisy Miller, by James Henry is told by a male narrator and is related by a young, American man named Winterborne. Winterborne meets a young lady named Daisy Miller. Winterborne notices Daisy's naiveté, and befriends her very quickly. Daisy and her family decide to visit Italy, while in Italy several months passed until Daisy speaks to Winterborne again, with an invited to Italy. Winterborne travels to Italy and finds Daisy with an Italian man named Giovanelli. Winterborne realizes that Giovanelli is not what he considers a gentleman. Winterborne then walks in on Giovanelli and Daisy at the Coliseum late one night, he thinks of Daisy as "a young lady whom a gentleman need no be at pains to respect."(James) ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... James explores the type of an American girl who is innocent of the knowledge of evil and immorality. The novel becomes a sort of meditation on the pleasures and perils of innocence in all of its guises. Daisy is a girl who's unshakably optimistic and fun in a way that only slightly naïve people can be. Winterbourne is all cynical. Daisy offers a chance for him to recapture that innocence and charm vicariously. While reading this I kept asking myself if Daisy is aware of what she is doing it seems as if she wants to become someone she is not. James sees Daisy as the "free, spontaneous, independent, and natural." (Fogel 3) American girl who is defined as "disreputable." (Fogel 9) James shows how Daisy's "utter disregard for convention prevents her from successfully relating to others," (Fogel 9) and leads to her death when she disregards warnings not to go the Coliseum at night. James writes and thinks through passion it seems in Daisy Miller and is also thinking of innocence and loneliness. He leaves you not knowing what he is doing or where he is going, but when Daisy's death occurs it ironically brings out confirmations of her much debated innocence. James writes with passion to bring out the true emotion in this novel, and he is playing with innocence throughout the entire ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 67. Daisy Miller And The Story Of An Hour Patriarchy In "Daisy Miller" by Henry James and "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, both authors examine the influences of patriarchy on women. However, the differing lengths and styles affect the meaning and the impression that the stories leave on the reader. In "Daisy Miller: A Study", Winterbourne constantly judges an American girl, Daisy, on her lack of concern for the rules of society. The story is written over an extensive amount of time as Winterbourne forms his views of her, which allows the audience to steadily shape their own opinions of Daisy. However, readers were not able to view the thoughts of Daisy, while in the "The Story of an Hour", the feelings and reflections of the woman are divulged. In "The Story of an Hour", an ill woman is ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... He does not allow her to write, see others in her life, or leave the house. He treats her like a child and acts as if she does not understand her own mind. The only outlet for the woman's creativity is her thoughts of the yellow wallpaper. At the end of the story, the narrator imagines that she is the woman trapped behind the wallpaper and that she has "gotten out at last" (803). The only freedom that remains for her is to have a psychotic breakdown. Although she seems triumphant in her escape, she is no longer herself and has disengaged from ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 69. Daisy Miller Alexander Jack Papetsas AP Senior English Assignment: James' use of Ambiguity in Daisy Miller and theme Ambiguity Conveys Theme in James' Daisy Miller In the novella, Daisy Miller by Henry James, the complexities of social conventions, gender stereotyping and conformity are exposed through the actions and words of the protagonists. Daisy Miller is the young woman who invites a multitude of speculation regarding her personality and behavior. James creates ambiguity around Daisy as an insightful glimpse into the harsh social expectations of the day. Daisy is outgoing and forthright, desires attention, and strays into an area that is considered unbecoming of a young woman traveling in Europe. ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... James' ambiguity extends to Daisy's use of the word 'exclusive' and furthers his attempt to delineate the differences between the wealthy and privileged Daisy and the other well–indulged women around her. This word exclusive has a double meaning, one of which connotes snobbery and aloofness. The other connotation means stylish and fashionable. When Daisy speaks about Winterbourne's Aunt she is emphatic in her assessment of Mrs. Costello's 'exclusive' nature, "I want to know her very much... She would be very exclusive...I'm dying to be exclusive myself. Well, we are exclusive, mother and I..." (1178). Daisy is almost giddy in her exchange with Winterbourne and her desire to meet Mrs. Costello despite the fact that Mrs. Costello's opinion of her is something completely different, "They are the sort of Americans that one does one's duty by not– not accepting" (1175). Daisy has grown up in an exclusive world which has, to an extent, excluded her from communicating with everyone acceptably, but which has allowed her to be stylish and enjoy the fashions of Paris that she loves. The ambiguous meaning of this exchange with Winterbourne serves to set Daisy apart from the small minded Mrs. Costello who refuses a meeting with her. This fact does not upset Daisy in the least; she actually seems to admire the fact that Mrs. Costello is so 'exclusive' in her actions. This forgiving demeanor of Daisy is a stark contrast to the elder women who ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 71. Daisy Miller Loss Of Innocence Daisy Miller: A Study is a short story that focuses on the various dramatic encounters between the American woman Daisy Miller and Fredrick Winterbourne, an American born but European raised gentleman. The narrative drives us to enter Winterbourne's view of the vivacious Daisy and how at first he is seeking to understand her flirtatious behavior then try to control her to better assist her in fitting in high society. Daisy being a young socialite herself is not keen on people telling her how to live life and prefers to be in the company of gentlemen to satisfy her loneliness. This behavior is viewed by her social peers like Winterbourne as taboos for women and remarked upon several times. However, no one quite notices the ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... As a gentleman of a patriarchal society Winterbourne is perplexed by Daisy's flippant behavior towards men when she is explaining " I have [She has] always had,'... 'a great deal of gentlemen's society." (James). Winterbourne is not immediately put off by her comment but instead assess it as innocence till Daisy's attention has drifted to another man, the handsome multi–talented Giovanelli. Daisy attempts to rendezvousing with her new friend Giovanelli on night walk but is accompanied by Winterbourne at his own insistence till Mrs.Walker, an elder lady of their high society later comes to discuss upon her the matters of proper etiquette. Mrs.Walker discusses with Winterbourne that Daisy's behavior of interactions with men will ruin her and cohorts him into trying to convince her to stop these actions by returning with Winterbourne and herself to the hotel. It's in this awkward confrontation that Winterbourne's view of Daisy's innocence slightly drifts to viewing her as person that needs to start obeying the old traditions and customs that women of their society ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 73. Daisy Miller Social Norms In reading Henry James' beautiful novella, Daisy Miller: A Study, one is forced to bear witness to a few disquieting facts pertaining to the upper class of late 1800's America. Starting with that which is well known, it is quite obvious that the upper echelons of society have strict social norms. Though this has always been (and might well always be) true, they seem to have been quite a bit more stringent in the time, and many more were gender related. Men must stand when a lady approaches, women must not go out in public alone, one must not have a personal connection with "the help", and so on. These norms seem to have been particularly restricting for women, and reduced their options significantly. The second, which also happens to be common ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 75. Figurative Language In Daisy Miller Authors often design highly complex characters that toy with readers' emotions and force them to tirelessly ruminate on their personas, traits, and intrinsic qualities. These types of characters artfully enhance works of literature by bringing a variety of underlying dimensions to their respected pieces. Each quality that defines them subtly contributes to themes in a piece and touches readers in different ways. To fully appreciate a character of this depth, they must be broken down and analyzed from several perspectives. A character from American literature that fits this profound archetype is Henry James's character Winterbourne from the short story Daisy Miller: A Study. In this piece, Winterbourne is illustrated as an American young adult ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... While ineffectiveness is not an example of good virtue, it functions in the same way as many of Winterbourne's other traits, such as his submissiveness, by shielding his morality from his actions. To clarify, he is portrayed as an intrinsically good person, but his ineffectiveness stops him from explicitly displaying it. James alludes to this by referencing "the superb portrait of Innocent X" (p. 359). This portrayal of the Innocent X was Diego Velasquez's realist interpretation of a Catholic Pope. Innocent X is famously regarded as a man who lead a very controversial term as pope and was subject to manipulation from some of the women in his life. More importantly, he is described as a relatively ineffective person, meaning internal conflicts often obstructed his decision making and impeded him from acting on his beliefs. This is much the same for Winterbourne who, on the other hand, has "the pleasure of contemplating a picture of a different kind" – Daisy, "that pretty American girl" (p. 359). His perpetual deliberation over Daisy aligns him well with the Innocent X, making James's allusion a critical piece to Winterbourne's description as a good–natured person who repeatedly fails to show it via his actions. Winterbourne spends such a large part of the story analyzing Daisy (hence the name, Daisy Miller: A Study) that he never ends ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...