Daisy Miller, By Henry James: (I) To What Extent Is Daisy Miller's Character A Reflection Of The American Character? (Ii) Was Henry James' Ending Artistically Necessary?

495 words - 2 pages

Daisy Miller, ubiquitous flirt, cavorts around with mysterious Italian romantics and remains contemptuous and ignorant of European social customs during her short stay in the Old World. On an intimate level, Daisy's story is one about a young woman's hedonistic adventures in a world where hedonism has no place. Daisy's self-indulgent, pleasure-seeking lifestyle is typical of the American capitalist world, and her untimely death is a literary and symbolic necessity--- Daisy's death signifies the short-lived nature of gluttonous behavior. On a larger scale, Henry James'Daisy Miller may be interpreted as a portrait of the American character and American destiny: boldly adventurous and ...view middle of the document...

Henry James establishes Daisy as the mirror of America: her youthful, capricious, and consistently sunny disposition is a subtle analogy to the spirited American capitalism and optimism of the times. Daisy is the complete antithesis of the stuffy Mrs. Walker, whose social traditions are so deeply imbued that it leaves no room for compromise within her Old World character. While Mrs. Walker represents the graceful sophistication and controlled demeanor of the European aristocracy, Daisy's boundless energy exudes from her body, carelessly spilled as she flounders here, frolics there.It is precisely this unrestrained energy that leads to Daisy's demise. If trapped in a productive person, Daisy's energy would have transformed her previously flawed self into a remarkable, brilliant figure. However, she channels this energy in an entirely different direction and only succeeds in alienating and scandalizing the very people she strives to imitate. With nowhere to go, Daisy's character has nothing left to accomplish but to die, and die young. Daisy's death is the death of an American youth, yet on a wider scale, it is the death of possibility and potential: the makings of something great. America is a young nation, fearlessly changing, constantly evolving. However, America, like all other nations, will grow old someday, steeped in its established "traditions" and "customs---" discriminating against others without realizing that it was once a discriminated entity as well. To preserve this American institution of fluidity, sanguinity, and vibrancy, it was artistically necessarily for Daisy Miller to die young, while she was still filled with a hedonistic vivacity.

Other Essays On Daisy Miller, by Henry James: (I) To what extent is Daisy Miller's character a reflection of the American character? (II) Was Henry James' ending artistically necessary?

A Character Trait I Find Detestable In Men: Hitting Women

817 words - 4 pages these don't fall close to hitting a woman, it's evident in their nature of what might be possible. Another very noticeable trait is a pure lack of a respect for women in the way a man speaks to his friends regarding females or in the way he converses with girls in general. I have two friends that have recently ended an abusive three year relationship. Every character trait mentioned above clearly shows in the life of the man in this relationship

<I>I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Farewell To Manzanar,</I> And <I>Anthem</I> - Character Analysis And Compare/Contrast

1715 words - 7 pages jaded as a teen. Another change that comes over Jeanne during the course of the book is her exposure to discrimination. Jeanne is vaguely aware of this discrimination against people of Japanese ancestry while in Manzanar, but it is felt far more acutely after moving away from the camp. Signs with anti-Japanese slogans abound, and the first comment made to her by one of her Caucasian peers is, "'Gee, I didn't know you could speak English.'" Jeanne

Stalingrad: The Battle And How I Believe It Was The MOST Important Battle Of World War II

1569 words - 7 pages Stalingrad: The Most Crucial Battle of World War IIWorld War II was the bloodiest war ever fought in the history of the world. Countless men lost their lives and countries were almost obliterated. One could only imagine what would have become of the human race had the Nazi war machine defeated all of Europe and then made its way into America. While Germany was expanding its territory all over Europe, they made it as far as Russia, and a battle

To What Extent Was There A "New Consciousness Of Self" In The Twelfth Century?

2465 words - 10 pages Although it is universally recognised that there was a sixteenth century renaissance, a body of historians now argue that there were in fact three renaissances in Western Europe. These two earlier renaissances took place in the seventh and twelfth centuries, and in the latter some argue that we see an emergence of man coming to terms with his 'self' or his 'individuality.'It is important here to define what we are looking for in this essay

To What Extent Was The USA A Racist Society Between 1919 And 1941?

854 words - 4 pages is to retain its stability, it is necessary that properties continue to be occupied by the same social and racial classes." (Underwriting Manual, 1939)"The Great Depression was, of course, an economic disaster for most Americans, but black people suffered a disproportionate share of the burden."(McElvaine). During the Great Depression, and extending to the start of World War II, African Americans found themselves competing with white Americans

The Last Leaf By O. Henry

592 words - 3 pages "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry is an interesting short story about a sick girl who is deeply affected by a bare ivy vine. Johnsy thinks that she will die as soon as the last leaf on that vine falls. She becomes close to death, but a neighbor called Mr. Behrman, an artist, saves her life and dies. This paper will focus on different causes and effects involved in, first, Johnsy's case and, second, the death of Mr. Behrman.First, many things lead

The Title Is "Isn't It Romantic?" This Essay Compares The Short Stories "A Haunted House" By O. Henry And "The Gift Of The Magi" By Virginia Woolf. This Covers Theme, Setting, And Mood

804 words - 4 pages what the couple is searching for. Hearing the heartbeat of the house brings the story to life, giving the love a tangible feeling. In "The Gift of the Magi" the woman searches desperately for some way to give her husband a nice Christmas present. Her present comes from the heart, and that leaves the story ending on a happy note. Both stories convey love and warmth in their own ways."A Haunted House" and "The Gift of the Magi" are two classic

The Life Of James Joule

284 words - 2 pages production of heat. At first he wanted to improve electric motor efficiency, to replace steam engines. He discovered that the heat generated by an electrical current was proportional to the square of the current. James presented this in paper to the Royal Society. After this he made many reports about heat and other energy forms. Joule is recognized for the cooling effect that occurs when a gas is rapidly expanded, used in refrigeration. Also, in 1850

Henry The Fifth

481 words - 2 pages The character in the play Henry the fifth seemed to me a newfound leader. Although Surinbrue said he seemed to have heartless egotism I believe that Henrys role and newfound leadership merely blinded him into a lot of speeches but only because he was trying to prove himself in the shadow of his father.Although Henry was said to be a wild and reckless boy growing up, I believe that faced with his father death he quickly realized it was now his

"Araby" By James Joyce

869 words - 4 pages The Initiation of a Young Boy by the Realization of His Own NarcissismAs humans grow they pass through various stages of development, often some stages are never reached, when a new stage is successfully reached the person has under gone some sort of initiation. James Joyce's short story "Araby" is in simple terms about initiation, it is a story is about a young boy's adventure that allows him to progress from one stage to the next with the

The Writer O. Henry

2651 words - 11 pages unexpected ending, which is his most creative contribution, also brought him the great reputation in American and in the world history of literature. He is worthy of the title of "writer's writer" as one of the greatest American short story writer.1.1 O. Henry's LifeO. Henry (1862--1910) is a pen name, whose primitive name is Williams Sydney Port. He was born in 1862, and spent his early years in Greensboro, North Carolina. He had the experience

Similar Papers

To What Extent Was There A “Mid Tudor Crisis” During The Reigns Of Edward Vi And Mary I?

2112 words - 9 pages TO WHAT EXTENT WAS THERE A "MID TUDOR CRISIS" DURING THE REIGNS OF EDWARD VI AND MARY I? "The mid-Tudor crisis" is a term often used by historians to describe the reigns of Edward VI (1547-1553) and Mary I (1553-1558). This period can be seen as a crisis, due to the fact that there were so many problems financially, socially, religiously and constitutionally, which led to rebellions, and placed the country in a very unstable position.It is

Thomas Becket This Is A Basic Overview Of The Life Of Thomas Becket. It Also Tells About The Power Struggle Between Becket And King Henry Ii

351 words - 2 pages The story of King Henry II and Thomas Becket tell us a tale of their friendship, which at times, becomes violent. King Henry and Thomas Becket were great friends, however, when Thomas Becket is appointed as the Archbishop of Canterbury, their lives are changed forever when their political differences are realized. Because Becket gave up his state title to be fully committed to the church, the King wanted revenge on Becket. The King felt that

Is The Character Of Malvolio From Shakepreares Twelfth Night 'notoriously Abused'? This Was My Courswork For As Level English Literature And I Achieved 81 Out Of 90 Which Is An A

2518 words - 11 pages ) and leaves.On reflection I cannot help thinking, Malvolio is 'notoriously abused' (Act 5, scene 1, line 356). This is mainly because I feel that his treatment far outweighed his crimes. Malvolio is only human and has character flaws like everyone else; he did not really deserve the treatment he received since it caused him to lose his dignity and therefore leave his employment. By any standards, this is rather an extreme outcome of a practical

Central Idea And Important Character Aspects Of The Narrator In Sherwood Anderson's "I Want To Know Why"

899 words - 4 pages around horses and does not realize the harsh reality of Bildad's world. Our narrator believes that Bildad lives such a wonderful life, he innocently proclaims, "I wish I was a nigger." It is with remarks like this we can grow to appreciate the narrator's naivety and are not offended. We also see the goodness of the narrator's heart when he and his friends set out for Saratoga. Our narrator is not wealthy, nor are his parents, but since he is the