Daisy Miller Book Report Essay

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Title: Daisy Miller

Author: Henry James

Main Characters (Protagonist/Antagonist), Title, & Traits:
• Frederick Winterbourne – protagonist – 27, American man, friendly, intelligent
• Mrs. Costello – Winterbourne’s aunt, rich widow, poor health, exclusive, rude, proud, snob, high society
• Randolph Miller – young, American boy, 9, smart, undisciplined, Daisy’s brother
• Daisy Miller (Annie P. Miller) – Randolph’s sister, young, American woman, beautiful, indifferent, sociable, tease, flirt, uncultivated, charming, Winterbourne’s love interest
• Mr. Giovanelli – small, handsome, Italian man, not a part of inner circle, Daisy’s “gentleman friend”
• Mrs. Walker – high society, friend of Winterbourne, host of the Millers
• Mrs. Miller – Millers’ mother, timid, small, simple, flashy
• Ezra B. Miller – Millers’ father, “rich” in
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Winterbourne takes a liking to Daisy. Mrs. Costello, Winterbourne’s aunt, disapproves of Daisy and her family because they are common and uncultivated. Winterbourne goes out with Daisy anyway and takes her on a steamboat to see a historic castle. He leaves for Geneva. In part II, Winterbourne arrives in Rome. He walks Daisy to meet her new gentleman friend, Mr. Giovanelli, though he is jealous. Mrs. Walker comes by in her carriage and upsets Daisy by demanding that she stop going about in scandalous ways. Walker hosts a party that Daisy shows up late to with Mr. Giovanelli. Winterbourne and Daisy discuss each other’s actions and opinions of each other; Daisy finds Winterbourne stiff/boring while Winterbourne asks Daisy to only flirt with him. They go about the rest of the party separately. Winterbourne spends his days trying to see Daisy, but Mr. Giovanelli is always at the Millers’ hotel when he visits. Eventually Daisy contracts Roman Fever and requests her mother tell Winterbourne of her true feelings. Daisy dies of her Roman

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