Daisy’s Ghost: A Feminist Reading of “Daisy Miller”

Daisy’s Ghost: A Feminist Reading of Daisy Miller The novel Daisy Miller is set in the late 18th century, within high class European society. In that time period, feminism was misunderstood and even unrecognized by both genders and varying classes. Often, a female feminist, such as a writer,would be accused of plagiarism for her work, … Read moreDaisy’s Ghost: A Feminist Reading of “Daisy Miller”

American Illness in Daisy Miller: A Study

Before the revelations of modern medicine, illness of any kind was a highly mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon that was accompanied by little hope for a solution to ease or eliminate the ailment. During this time when no one knew the origin of most diseases, let alone how to cure them or take preventative measures, sicknesses … Read moreAmerican Illness in Daisy Miller: A Study

Obsessions and the Unsatisfied Life: A Comparison of Daisy Miller and The Beast in the Jungle

In the works of Daisy Miller and The Beast in the Jungle, author Henry James provides readers with multiple explanations as to why it is important for one to live a full life. These two novellas share many broad similarities, including central thematic focuses, a flawed main character, and a hamartia that makes the stories … Read moreObsessions and the Unsatisfied Life: A Comparison of Daisy Miller and The Beast in the Jungle

The Verdict on Winterbourne in Daisy Miller

Many have written about the guilt or innocence of Henry James’ heroine, Daisy Miller. In her story, James tells of a young American girl in Europe who ignores Old World conventions and goes about, unchaperoned, with two gentlemen: one, an American ex-patriot whom she loves and the other, a fortune-hunting foreigner whom she uses to … Read moreThe Verdict on Winterbourne in Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller as the subject of a study, and the object of a narrative

“Daisy Miller: A Study” by Henry James, a story about an American girl in Europe named Daisy Miller, is told by an unknown narrator who only has access to the main character Winterbourne’s thoughts. The story is framed around Daisy Miller and her “abnormal behavior” as the subject of Winterbourne’s study. The third person limited … Read moreDaisy Miller as the subject of a study, and the object of a narrative

Etiquette: A Social Ideology

Daisy Miller is a potent social commentary that considers the ideologies of transplanted Americans residing in Europe. During the late nineteenth century, the United States surfaced as a political and economic power. Wealthy Americans, anxious to create their own elite society, embraced the well-established customs of the European aristocracy. In fact, several of the most … Read moreEtiquette: A Social Ideology

At First, Second, and Third Sight: Observational Refinement 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 … Read moreAt First, Second, and Third Sight: Observational Refinement in “Daisy Miller”

Storytelling in American Literature: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain and “Daisy Miller: A Study” by Henry James as Patriotic Narratives

Storytelling has become an important literary device found in American Literature. Stories like “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain and “Daisy Miller: A Study” by Henry James use storytelling as the simplest way promote Americanization. by telling these stories orally and written, through the scope of “real Americans” the authors are … Read moreStorytelling in American Literature: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain and “Daisy Miller: A Study” by Henry James as Patriotic Narratives