In the first of the works mentioned above, “Daisy Miller: A Study” by Henry James, the title character meets Mr. Winterborne who proceeds to promise to take her to the Château de Chillon. And over the course of the story the pair meet again in Rome. Winterborne’s aunt, Mrs. Costello, does not think well of Daisy or of Winterborne’s cont...
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...n so often exploited by men in literature, even in the more modern of the three aforementioned works? The simple answer would, of course, be that the works were written by men who desired to put women in their “proper” place and suggest that women are incapable of making decisions on their own and should do as they are advised to by men.
On the other hand, there were many works in the anthologies which depicted men’s failures and so these three could just be major works in which the women happened to be the ones that were ruined. Although if that were the case it would have made sense for Winterborne, Pete, and Stanley to suffer some sort of ill consequences to balance things out. As there never was any such unfortunate outcome for the male characters it stands to reason that the simple conclusion of “to put women in their place” may very well be the answer.
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