Daisy Miller

Topics: Want, Short story, Fiction Pages: 2 (448 words) Published: October 10, 2013
Is this an accurate portrayal of Winterbourne?
“Frederick Winterbourne, find himself unable to help an innocent, vivacious young lady to survive behaving in Europe as she is used to behaving in America. Ostensibly abroad to study, Winterbourne appends his time on superficial flirtations and travels” Frederick Winterbourne is trying to fit into the European society, and he struggles in trying to understand Daisy because she behaves like a typical American would do, which is different from the way of Europeans. Throughout the short story Winterbourne is unable to help Daisy because he is not sure about her innocence “He asked himself whether Daisy’s defiance came from the consciousness of innocence or from her being, essentially, a young person of the reckless class.” (p360). He wants to believe she is pure, even though all others characters are ridiculing her attitude, but for a moment Winterbourne changes his mind “It was if a sudden illumination had been flashed upon the ambiguity of Daisy’s behavior and the riddle had become easy to read. She was a young lady whom a gentleman need no longer be at pains to respect.” (p 363). Because he lived for so long in Europe, his manners are different of those of Daisy. He no longer can accept Daisy’s now that he is Europeanized. Whether or not Daisy deliberately flaunts the moral conventions of the Roman society in which she lives is not the dramatic question raised by the story. We cannot tell for sure who Daisy Miller is, and how does she behave, because she does not have a voice in the story. What we can make are assumptions about her personality only based in what Winterbourne and the other characters are thinking about her. So the narrative makes us part of that American–Europeanized upper class society, because Daisy’s image is not trustworthy, and our point of view regarding Daisy, as readers, is based on the characters’ gossip about her. Therefore, arguing about her behavior is superficial and...
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