Analysis Of Daisy Miller: A Study By Henry James

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The controversial short story Daisy Miller: A Study, written by Henry James, depicts a story of a young European man named Winterbourne trying to come to terms with what he thinks about an American girl, named Daisy …show more content…
Henry portrays Daisy Miller character as a stereotypical wild, unsophisticated American girl on vacation with her very dysfunctional American family. For example Mrs. Costello, Winterbourne’s Aunt showed judgment of Daisy many time in their conversation, especially when Winterbourne try’s and tells her how well Daisy dresses and she reply’s,“ She has that charming look they all have.” (James 429) Proving how American girls were stereotypically looked at as good looking charmers but nothing more. Mrs. Costello’s deeply disapproves of Daisy and her American family and expresses her disapproval for them multiple times to Winterbourne saying, “They are the sort of Americans that one does one’s duty by not- not accepting.” (James 429) Mrs. Costello reveals how their class in society will simply not accept Daisy and her behavior is unacceptable. “ I really think you should not meddle with little American girls that are uncultivated, as you call them.” (James 430) Mrs. Costello makes remarks showing disapproval for Daisy just because she is a American girl. New York Times stated in their editorial page about how Henry addressed the international social problem and how Daisy Miller was portrayed so poorly to be a example of a typical American tourist, “There are many ladies in and around New York today who feel very indignant with Mr. …show more content…
Henry makes Daisy Miller’s characters innocence questionable, and perceived to many as very inappropriate and misunderstood. His portrayal of Daisy overall makes Americans look ignorant, even if that may have not been the author’s intentions. Daisy shows how Americans and woman in general were judged during that time and Mrs. Costello’s views on Daisy showed proving how hard it was for a woman during that era to fit into society. There for the story of Daisy Miller takes a look at the Europeans society’s view on innocence, gender roles, and stereotypes during that

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