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A Character Analysis of Daisy Miller - In Daisy Miller, Henry James slowly reveals the nature of Daisy"s character through her interactions with other characters, especially Winterbourne, the main character." The author uses third person narration; however, Winterbourne"s thoughts and point of view dominate." Thus, the audience knows no more about Daisy than Winterbourne." This technique helps maintain the ambiguity of Daisy"s character and draws the audience into the story. At first glimpse, Daisy is portrayed as a "pretty American flirt" whose innocence Winterbourne is unsure of, and yet he says he was "almost grateful for having found the formula that applied to Miss Daisy Miller" (James 1563)." Like many people do in first im...   [tags: Daisy Miller, Henry James] 863 words
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Innocence in Daisy Miller - Is innocence an acceptable excuse for behavior at odds with societal norms. In the Henry James novella, Daisy Miller, we see Daisy behaving in very controversial ways for women of the mid-1800′s. She looks directly at men without blushing, speaks bluntly about her life, travels alone with Mr. Winterbourne after only knowing him for half an hour, and cavorts regularly (unchaperoned) with a handsome, but common, Italian man. Daisy performs all of these scandalous behaviors with hardly a thought to how they may besmirch her reputation in a Europeanized group of American expatriates....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller] 364 words
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Innocence in Daisy Miller - The story of Daisy Miller, by Henry James, is told by a male narrator. This male figure serves to reveal the deep seated stasis in much social interaction which existed in the Nineteenth Century. Winterbourne is the protagonist and 'filters' through his impressions of the heroine Daisy Miller so that we never see Daisy except through the qualifying prose of Winterbourne himself. Thus by the end of the tale, we feel we have not met Daisy at all. We have only caught glimpses of this transient 'flower' almost in spite of the suffocating prevarications of Winterbourne's 'frozen' eye....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller] 802 words
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Daisy Miller: A Study, by Henry James - The controversial short story Daisy Miller: A Study, written by Henry James, depicts a story of a young European man named Winterbourne trying to come to terms with what he thinks about an American girl, named Daisy Miller. Henry James was born in New York in 1843, but lived most his life in Europe. While he was living in Europe he had many encounters with American tourists. After these encounters Henry decided he wanted to explore the difference between the innocent American, and the sophisticated European....   [tags: daisy miller, henry james]
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Comparing Daisy and Countess Olenska in Daisy Miller and The Age of Innocence - The story “Daisy Miller” is a romance of a love that can never be. The character Annie P. Miller (known as Daisy Miller) is portrayed as a young naive wild yet, innocent girl who want to do nothing more but have fun with the company she please. The story “Daisy Miller” is a lot like The Age of Innocence. In both the movie and the book the leading lady was shunned from society because of their behavior. Both Daisy and the Countess Olenska were misunderstood and out-casted because they were saw as different....   [tags: Daisy Miller, The Age of Innocence] 560 words
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The Innocence of Daisy Miller - In 1878, Henry James wrote, Daisy Miller, a novella about a young American girl and her travels in Europe. Daisy Miller is a complex short story with many underlying themes such as appearance versus reality, knowledge versus innocence, outward action versus inward meditation, and Nature versus urbanity. In this short story, one is left to judge whether Daisy Miller, the main character of the story, is “a pretty American flirt” or a misunderstood, modern young woman. By probing into the complexities and contradictions of Daisy’s character, it is obvious that Ms....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller]
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Daisy Miller by Henry James - When Winterbourne first meets Daisy, he is willing to accept her for the vivacious young American girl she is. Although Daisy's customs are not what are expected of young girls in European society, Winterbourne is charmed by Daisy and her original ideals. He defends Daisy to the aristocracy, claiming that she is just "uncultivated" and is truly innocent. As the story progresses, Winterbourne finds himself questioning Daisy's true nature in comparison to the standards of European society....   [tags: Henry James Daisy Miller] 943 words
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Innocence in Daisy Miller - James' manipulation of appearances in Daisy Miller as well as other character's notions of these appearances provides us with a novella of enigmatic and fascinating characters. Daisy, the most complicated of these ambiguities, is as mysterious as she is flirtatious. James gives her a carefully constructed enigmatic quality that leaves the reader wondering what her motivations were and who she truly was. He structures the novella in such a way as to stress the insights that the supporting characters provide into Daisy's character, weather accurate or erroneous....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller]
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Observation 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 produced. (43) The socialites in Daisy Miller's world aspire to a perfection, a nobility, and a superlative of character. But character is a misleading word; interiority is important only insofar as it reflects the assumed depths that come with an appearance of refinement, for the relationships in "Daisy Miller: A Study" are formed by obs...   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller] 2034 words
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Symbolism in Daisy Miller by Henry James - The story of Daisy Miller starts off in Vevey, Switzerland with Winterbourne and Daisy meeting through Daisy's brother Randolph. Winterbourne is immediately attracted to her stating, "she was strikingly, admirably pretty" (James 470). The story continues with Winterbourne giving Daisy a tour of the Chateau de Chillon, and Winterbourne returning to Geneva, where he had an older women waiting for him. Daisy ends up meeting an Italian man, Giovanelli, which eventually leads to her death of malaria....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller] 1011 words
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The Character of Daisy in Henry James' Daisy Miller -          What is the purpose of Daisy in the novel Daisy Miller by Henry James?  Why did James create such a beguiling and bewildering character?  Since the publication of James's novel in 1878, Daisy has worn several labels, among them "flirt," "innocent," and "American Girl."  Daisy's representation of an American Girl of the late 19th century is evident.  Her free-spiritedness and individuality reflect the social movement of the American middle-class.  The question of Daisy's innocence, however, remains unanswered.  One of the most interesting aspects about Daisy is her distance from the reader.  The reader is not given access to Daisy's inner thoughts or emotions.  Instead, the reader mu...   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller]
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The Individuality of Daisy in Henry James' Daisy Miller - Why did James create such a beguiling and bewildering character. Since the publication of James's novel in 1878, Daisy has worn several labels, among them "flirt," "innocent," and "American Girl." Daisy's representation of an American Girl of the late 19th century is evident. Her free-spiritedness and individuality reflect the social movement of the American middle-class. The “depths” of Daisy Miller that Kelley refers to could be read as “unsounded,” since the reader receives little insight to her feelings, and “unappreciated,” based on the perceptions of most characters....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller]
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Daisy Miller -            Daisy Miller is a story related by a young, American man named Winterborne, who lives mostly in Europe. Winterborne meets a lovely young lady named Daisy Miller at a Swiss resort in Vevey. He notices her naiveté, having no reservations about talking to strangers. He befriends this young girl very quickly. He would love to introduce her to his aunt, but she thinks that Daisy is common, vulgar, and refuses to meet her. Daisy and her family decide to leave the resort and visit Italy. Several months passe until Daisy speaks to him again....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller] 934 words
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Duality of Nature in Henry James' Daisy Miller - Within each of us lies the potential for good and evil--virtue and vice.  Our daily actions reflect the combination of good and bad in a world that is neither black nor white.  In literature, however, characters often depict complete goodness or vice in a world that holds no room for a duality of nature.  Winterbourne possesses a notion that Daisy Miller must be restrictively good or bad, but the concept is not as black and white as he perceives it to be.  A realistic portrayal of Daisy Miller as an infusion of good and bad—virtue and vice—in a world full of gray increases her moral influence upon us, as we too, have inherent dual natures in an imperfect world....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller]
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Differences between American and European Cultures in Daisy Miller - Daisy Miller starts out in a hotel in Vevey, Switzerland when a gentleman named Winterbourne meets Daisy, a young, beautiful American girl traveling through Europe. Daisy, her younger brother Randolph and her mother, Mrs. Miller, are traveling all over Europe while her father is home in Schenectady, New York. While Daisy is in Europe, she does not accept European ideas to be her own. Winterbourne, to the contrary, has been living in Europe since he left America when he was younger. Winterbourne takes a strong liking to Daisy even though his aunt, Mrs....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller] 509 words
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Role of the Narrator in Henry James' Daisy Miller - The narrator of Henry James’ Daisy Miller contributes to the novella’s realism, as defined by James himself in his essay “The Art of Fiction,” by creating a narrator who acts as an observer to the events described in the story rather than an omniscient narrator who informs the reader of the thoughts of the characters. Rather than focusing on the internal workings of the character’s minds, James focuses on the external details which offers the reader a realistic perspective of the characters and leaves moral judgment to the readers....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller]
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Comparing Daisy Miller and The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James -       Henry James' Daisy Miller and "The Beast in the Jungle" are first and foremost powerful tragedies because they employ such universal themes as crushed ambitions and wasted lives. And the appeal of each does not lie solely in the darkening plot and atmosphere, but in those smallest details James gives us. Omit Daisy's strange little laughs, delete Marcher's "[flinging] himself, face down, on [May's] tomb," and what are we left with. Daisy Miller would be a mere character study against the backdrop of clashing American and Euro- pean cultures and "The Beast in the Jungle," a very detailed inner diary of a completely self-absorbed man who deservingly meets his fate in the end....   [tags: Henry James, Daisy Miller, Beast in the Jungle]
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Innocence in Daisy Miller, My Antonia, and the Great Gatsby - Innocence in Daisy Miller by Henry James, My Antonia by Willa Cather and the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is not as easy as it seems to distinguish who is innocent and who is not. Innocence is a cultural concept which is usually confusing. An act that is naïve and normal in one society can be a public disgrace in another. Then a question comes to mind: What is innocence. Challenging the norms of a society makes a person totally wicked. What spoils or preserves innocence. The word innocence is ambiguous....   [tags: Daisy Miller, My Antonia, Great Gatsby] 2112 words
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Daisy Miller: An Annotated Bibliography - Baylard, Dana Reece. "Daisy Miller." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. This article analyzes the traditional social expectations implemented in an ancient European setting that conflicted with the more unorthodox ways of Americans who were traveling in Europe. Baylard depicts Daisy Miller’s behavior in the novella as innocent, yet ignorant to the customs of sophisticated Europe. Baylard describes Daisy Miller’s repeated misjudgment from Geneva’s society and reflects on the positive attributes to her personality that unfortunately are consumed by her conformity during her untimely death by the end of the novella....   [tags: Annotated Bibliography]
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Comparison of Daisy Miller and The Yellow Wallpaper - Society continually places restrictive standards on the female gender not only fifty years ago, but in today’s society as well. While many women have overcome many unfair prejudices and oppressions in the last fifty or so years, late nineteenth and early twentieth century women were forced to deal with a less understanding culture. In its various formulations, patriarchy posits men's traits and/or intentions as the cause of women's oppression. This way of thinking diverts attention from theorizing the social relations that place women in a disadvantageous position in every sphere of life and channels it towards men as the cause of women's oppression (Gimenez)....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Emily Dickinson's Faith and Daisy Miller by Henry James - American writers and poets of the 19th century created literature to criticize and detail the imperfections of society. Emily Dickinson, who retired from contact with the outside world by the age of twenty-three in favor of a life of isolation, can arguably be considered such a poet. Her untitled poem "Faith" can be interpreted as criticism of the masculine-dominated society of her time and supports themes in Henry James's work Daisy Miller: A Study, which also criticizes societal expectations and practices....   [tags: Henry James, Emily Dickinson] 1153 words
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Judgement in Henry James’s Daisy Miller - Henry James’s “Daisy Miller” represents the societal views and the conformed way of living. This short story starts off in Vevey, Switzerland where Daisy meets Winterbourne through her brother Randolph. Winterbourne accompanies Daisy in a walk. Throughout the story Daisy is considered a flirt because she is accompanied by men. Each time Winterbourne crosses her path; there is gossip about how improper it is to be walking around with so many men because she is a young unmarried upper class lady until she finally reaches her demise because of the fever....   [tags: Society, Prejudice]
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Henry James’s novella Daisy Miller - Albert Ellis once said, “The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” Love is an imperishable feeling that never fades, or dares to descend. However, when love is infused with innocence, one starts question what love really is. In Henry James’s novella Daisy Miller: A Study the main character Winterbourne, meets an American flirt by the name of Daisy Miller, who appears to be an innocent girl. There relationship escalates quickly as this perceived “typical American flirt” catches Winterbournes eye, and they began to have vast dialogue....   [tags: innocent love, american flirt]
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Huckleberry Finn, Daisy Miller and Sister Carrie as Heroes - The definition of a hero is not straight-edged. Heroes are, however, imagined to possess certain qualities. Courage, romanticism, charming beauty, and a willingness to defy society are four very prominent characteristics amongst heroes and contribute to today's notion of heroism. In order to decide if and to what extent any character lives up to the standards of heroism, one must search for these qualities. Huckleberry Finn, Daisy Miller, and Sister Carrie are three heroes from three different novels....   [tags: Huck Finn Miller Carrie Hero Heroes Essays]
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Comparing Daisy Miller and The Beast and the Jungle - Compare/Contrast James’ style from “Daisy Miller to “The Beast in the Jungle” Henry James’ early work entitled, “Daisy Miller” is much simpler than his late work, “The Beast in the Jungle”. James’ style became more complicated and intellectual as his talents matured; this is shown through his sentence structure and length, choice of words, and the message conveyed to the reader through the story. For example, in “Daisy Miller” James narrates the story in an uncomplicated, yet articulate manner, of Winterbourne and his first meeting with Daisy Miller: “She talked to Winterbourne as if she had known him for a long time....   [tags: comparison, compare contrast] 569 words
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Comparing The House of Mirth and Daisy Miller - Edith Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” mainly describes the need of a woman to be married to a wealthy man and how she attempts to find the most appropriate suitor. “The House of Mirth” also observes the tedious physical and mental decline of a young woman who, because of her own weakness and indecisiveness, falls from social distinction into poverty and griminess. The story presents a cruel measure of reality and ends quite sadly. Instead of marrying and living happily, Lily weakens slowly and commits suicide, possibly unintentionally, as a way of evading a lower-class humanity in which her upper-class needs cannot survive....   [tags: Henry James, Edith Wharton] 767 words
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A Comparison of The Yellow Wallpaper and Daisy Miller - Society continually places specific and often restrictive standards on the female gender.  While modern women have overcome many unfair prejudices, late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century women were forced to deal with a less than understanding culture.  Different people had various ways of voicing their opinions concerning gender inequalities, including expressing themselves through literature.  By writing a fictional story, authors like Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Henry James were given the opportunity to let readers understand and develop their own ideas on such a serious topic....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 954 words
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Henry James- The Art of Fiction within Daisy Miller: A Study - Henry James discusses the intricacies of writing in his piece “The Art of Fiction.” While the main binary in literature is between that of fiction and non-fiction, however James further distinguishes the category of fiction into romance and novel. While a romance exists for the form of entertainment and is driven by character development, a novel is more of an attempt to create a realistic representation of the current social standard. James declares that fiction is not just a leisure art form but meant to be taken seriously, as a historical text....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin and Daisy Miller by Henry James - ... Armand Aubigny, a slave owner, fell passionately in love with Desiree and married her, together they had a son. When the baby was three months old Armand refused to make eye contact with the baby and avoided Desiree. He completely ignored the child they had together. Contemplating her situation, she called for her husband one day and his response was that the child was not white neither was she. She was ostracized by her husband and treated unfairly because of the color of the child’s skin. Desiree was flabbergasted with the fact that her lover stopped loving her and the way he responded to her....   [tags: romanticism, gender and sexual behavior] 1047 words
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Conventionality vs Instinct in Daisy Miller and The Awakening - Henry James's Daisy Miller and Kate Chopin's The Awakening were first published twenty-one years apart, the former in 1878 and the latter in 1899. Despite the gap of more than two decades, however, the two works evince a similarity of thought and intent that is immediately evident in their main themes. Both works display characters whose lives have been governed almost solely by the conventions of their respective societies. Furthermore, both works also attempt to demonstrate to the reader what happens when these conventions are challenged by individual instincts, which more often than not are in direct contradiction to the dictates of convention....   [tags: Henry James, Kate Chopin] 3107 words
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Puritanism in The Scarlet Letter, Bartleby, and Daisy Miller -      In today's society, it is infrequent that you turn on the television and are not bombarded with images of sex, violence, or other content that the Puritans would have viewed as being the work of Old Deluder (the name given to Satan in the time period). Yes, it is true; the society in which we dwell in today is no more remarkable than that of barbaric times. The only difference might be that we no longer kill out of primal instinct; we do it out of fear, or malice, or patriotism, or even pleasure....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Paul’s Case by Willa Cather, and Daisy Miller by Henry James - Death is the fate of all creatures. From humans to the smallest organisms, such as an amoeba, death is inevitable and cannot be escaped. When pondering upon this, one can find great despair within this truth. Nevertheless, death can be premature. A premature death can be viewed as a death that comes before a being’s average age of death, or in shorter words “expiry date”. To bring this into light, premature death is seen in works of literature, specifically American narratives. Concisely, the narratives that will be brought into analysis include: The Awakening by Kate Chopin, “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather, and Daisy Miller by Henry James....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison] 1316 words
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Realism and Naturalism in Henry James’ Daisy Miller and Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie - To best analyze the works of James and Dreiser, the terms realism and naturalism are critical to comprehend. Realism, as noted in the Norton Anthology, emphasizes, “the interior moral and psychological lives of upper-class people” (9). Accordingly, realism reflects a natural depiction of self, relationships and social interactions (and the class-system). Realist writers explore true interpersonal dilemmas, interactions and experiences within society, highlighting the character rather than a story’s plot....   [tags: interpersonal, conflict, environment] 819 words
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Individual vs. Society in Daisy Miller and Old Woman Magoun - Individual vs. Society in Daisy Miller and Old Woman Henry James’ "Daisy Miller, A Study" and Mary Wilkins Freeman’s "Old Woman Magoun" contain morally ambiguous conflicts between individuals and society. Both of these short stories are tales in which strong, individual women directly conflict with their respective destructive male societies, attempting to uphold innocence while flouting societal rules and expectations. Freeman and James both construct strong female individuals in different guises....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 674 words
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Henry James' Daisy Miller and Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence - Both Daisy Miller by Henry James and The Age of Innocence, based on the novel by Edith Wharton are either social commentaries or love stories set in corrupt society. The male leads, Newland Archer and Winterbourne, help to show, assuming the goal is commentary, the dishonest and frivolous nature of society. Newland and Winterbourne’s stories and characters run on corresponding motives, as they are the offspring of that society. Each character has an affair. Winterbourne’s is subtle, presented more as his single interest, but it is told that his presence in Geneva (at both the beginning and end of the novel) is for the purpose of “’studying,’” but “when certain persons spoke of him they aff...   [tags: Henry James, Edith Wharton] 953 words
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Comparing God in Daisy Miller, Huck Finn, and Country of the Pointed Firs - Eliminating God in Daisy Miller, Huckleberry Finn, and The Country of the Pointed Firs           The evils of the Civil War and the rise of empiricism caused many to doubt in an omniscient, all-powerful God.  Under empiricism, any statements about metaphysical entities (e.g. God, Unicorns, Love, and Beauty) would be meaningless terms because they cannot be proven by the scientific method. But with a loss of faith in God, what becomes of morality?   This essay will examine how Emily Dickinson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Henry James and Mark Twain wrote literature in this age coupled with war, inhumanity and despair in God.  This essay will show that: (1) Dickinson destroys any reliance on the Bibl...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing the Role of the Narrator in Melville’s Benito Cereno, Henry James’ Daisy Miller and Hwang - Comparing the Role of the Narrator in Melville’s Benito Cereno, Henry James’ Daisy Miller and Hwang’s M. Butterfly Written stories differ in numerous ways, but most of them have one thing in common; they all have a narrator that, on either rare occasions or more regularly, help to tell the story. Sometimes, the narrator is a vital part of the story since without him or her, it would not be possible to tell the story in the same way, and sometimes, the narrator has a very small role in the story....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Comparing Winterbourne and Prufrock -                 When creating his famous poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", T.S. Eliot was inspired by a character depicted in the novella known as Daisy Miller, written by Henry James. This character, Winterbourne, was intertwined and considered when creating the timid character of Prufrock. It is evident that both men share similar personalities and characteristics that link them together, both being prime examples of emptiness and despair told through theses writings.      The central concern in Daisy Miller is of the "analogies and differences" between people....   [tags: Daisy Miller, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock] 594 words
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Bad Choices in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Bad choices are made every day by everybody. Those bad choices could lead to consequences that are going to bother a person for a long time. Even more, that person may try various ways to correct that error. The intention is good, but things can go even worse if the effort is based on unrealistic fantasies. This effort is presented as a part of modernist ideas. Modernist writers dramatize this effort through the tragic outcomes of the characters. Three modernist pieces, A Street Car Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, The Great Gatsby, all of them sent out a message to the audience, the loss of past and how it cannot be recovered....   [tags: daisy, false belief, modernism]
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Death of a Salesman, by Athur Miller and The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald - “A half century after it was written, Death of a Salesman remains a powerful drama. Its indictment of fundamental American values and the American Dream of material success may seem somewhat tame in today’s age of constant national and individual self-analysis and criticism, but its challenge was quite radical for its time” –SparkNotes American Literature has been said to be timeless and relatable with its use of “American values and the American Dream of material success.” American Literature reflects the differences between respect between the upper and lower class....   [tags: The American Dream]
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Unethical Dreams in Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gasby" - Living the American dream was a goal that most families were attempting to reach. Living the dream included simple things such as being true to your spouse, raising your family with love and earning an honest living. At points, this goal may have seemed out of reach and this is where the lies came in. The blatant disregard for honesty, eventually leading to destruction, can be seen in both literary works, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gasby. Both novels touch upon similar themes regarding the instability and ignorance of the two main characters, Willy Loman and Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream] 1931 words
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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald In a majority of literature written in the 20th century, the theme of the ' American Dream" has been a prevalent theme. This dream affects the plot and characters of many novels, and in some books, the intent of the author is to illustrate the reality of the American Dream. However, there is no one definition of the American Dream. Is it the right to pursue your hearts wish, to have freedom to do whatever makes one happy....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 1087 words
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Daisy Buchanan: the True Inhabitant of the Wasteland in "The Great Gatsby" - Daisy it the true inhabitant of the wasteland because of the fact that even though she’s being betrayed by her husband and has been throughout their entire marriage she still stays with Tom even though Daisy has another man, Gatsby, that truly loves her and would be loyal to Daisy. The only reason why she doesn’t go to Gatsby is because Daisy wants to keep her social standing with “old money” even though Daisy might be unhappy having the last name of Buchanan and having the old money that comes with that last name means more to Daisy then being happy with Gatsby even though he has “New money”....   [tags: Daisy Buchanan, wasteland, Great Gatsby, Fitzgeral]
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The Miller Inside and Out - The relationship between the Miller and the Miller’s Tale is close, for the tale is a reflection of the teller. The Miller’s tale is a fabliau, a genre best described as a short story full of ribald and humor. The Miller’s tale consists of events of “cuckoldry” (Chaucer 1720), “foolishness” (1718), and “secrets” (1719). Telling such a story, the Miller can immediately be classified as a man of low social status with a vulgar sense of humor full of shrewdness. However, as the tale continues, it reveals the unexpected soft side of the Miller as he sympathizes with the distressed woman trapped in the norms of society....   [tags: Character Analysis, Miller, Alison] 779 words
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Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible" and McCarthyism - The message in which Miller writes teaches teenagers about what life was like in the centuries before their time, and what some of the themes in those times were; which are also parallel to what happened during Miller’s lifetime, in the era of McCarthyism, as it does in today’s social and political problems. All three of these eras have intolerance, hysteria, reputation, and empowerment woven throughout them. This is one of the reasons they are connected to each other. Teenagers learn many different things from The Crucible’s message, including the Puritans’ intolerance to anybody who did not follow their religion to a tee, or anybody who they considered “different” from themselves....   [tags: Aurthur Miller, Crucible, McCarthyism,] 677 words
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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller - When reading a classic novel like that of Arthur Miller, we oftentimes encounter the typical dynamic character; the lovable cocoon experiencing a most dramatic metamorphosis right before the reader’s eyes. In The Crucible, the reader is initially introduced to a reserved, confident, and scholarly Reverend Hale, who arrives in the secluded, gloomy town of Salem to investigate the mysterious behavior of the local priest’s daughter; Betty Proctor . Throughout the novel, Miller reveals Hale’s transformation from within his strict cocoon of formal studies and formulaic outlook on witchcraft diagnostics and religion to a jaded, less-than-sure of himself scholar, broken by the raw injustice and sha...   [tags: Arthur Miller, Analysis] 927 words
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