Wednesday, March 20, 2019
A Character Analysis of Daisy Miller :: Daisy Miller, Henry James
In Daisy Miller, hydrogen James slowly reveals the nature of Daisys typesetters case through her interactions with some other characters, especially Winterbourne, the main character. The author uses third person narration however, Winterbournes thoughts and point of view dominate. Thus, the audience knows no more about Daisy than Winterbourne. This technique helps maintain the ambiguity of Daisys character and draws the audience into the story.At prototypical glimpse, Daisy is portrayed as a pretty American flirt whose purity Winterbourne is unsure of, and yet he says he was almost grateful for having shew the formula that applied to Miss Daisy Miller (James 1563). Like many heap do in first impressions, Winterbourne feels the need to label Daisy right away. In the beginning, the stereotype seems to fit. Daisy is young, unsophisticated, chatty, and brags about all the society, especially gentlemens society she had in New York (1562). She enjoys jeering and getting reactions out of people however for the pastime of it. For example, the second time she and Winterbourne meet, late one evening in the garden, she asks him if he fates to take her out in a boat on the lake. Of course, her mystify and the courier protest while Daisy laughs and declares, Thats all I want a little fussShe had no intention of going she just wanted to get a rise out of someone. Bidding good-night to Winterbourne, she says, I hope youre disappointed, disgusted, or something (1572). She is being flirtatious, alone this kind of teasing is also just part of her sense of sense of humour.Daisy Miller may be uneducated, as Winterbourne and his aunt describe her, but she is witty. One illustration of her humor takes place at Mrs. Walkers party when Winterbourne is criticizing her for her relations with Giovanelli. He says they dont understand that sort of thing here non in young married women.Daisy cries, I thought they understood zip fastener else and goes on to say, It seems to me more proper in young unmarried than in old married ones.Daisy typically speaks and behaves frankly, almost in a child-like fashion, but this shows, as the narrator describes it, a startling worldly knowledge (1587). Daisy is middling rustic but smart. She has a natural elegance and a mix of innocence and crudity, and yet, as seen in her response, her character proves to go beyond the boundaries of this character type of the natural beauty (1564 and 1574).