Hi, need to submit a 2500 words paper on the topic Henry James Story Daisy Miller: the Individual and Old Society. The conflict in Daisy Miller stems from the fact that the young female protagonist of the story is thrown into a culture and society distinct from her own. In the 1870s, the time when the story was written, Europe was an old decadent society steeped in traditions and conventions and America, especially New York where Daisy’s family originated, was a new, modern, coming-of-age nation. It was in this context that the young, modern American youth is thrown into as she travels as a tourist together with her mother, young brother, and courier. Daisy Miller, which is said to be Henry James’ most well-known study of the ‘young feminine nature’, is described as a girl’s heedless rash indifference to the kind of decorum being observed in European civilized society. Although at first blush, her actions would seem to be one of the typical American traits of moral innocence, it turns out to be a want of discriminating judgment which tragically ended in her untimely death (Berkovitch Cambridge University Press p. 163). Nonetheless, there was nothing terribly wrong in Daisy’s actions from the modern-day perspective except perhaps the fact that she threw all caution to the wind when she went to the Colosseum in the middle of the night with her friend when the malaria epidemic was rampant. Although she is the daughter of a rich family and dresses fashionably, she is provincial in many ways by European standard. She incessantly talks in a monotonous manner about her family, its habits and idiosyncrasies and has virtually no conversational talent. She is childish and is not skilled in repartees and is not witty. In addition, she is a flirt and relishes being the center of attraction. Yet, Daisy is also spirited, independent and has no mean bone in her. Henry James, in attempting to explain Daisy’s character in response to a letter from a British woman named Eliza Lynn Linton, described Daisy as “innocent.
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