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Daisy Miller is Henry James' examination of the personality and social bearing of a naive young American girl being exposed for the first time to the corruption of the old world in Rome and other areas of Italy. The young man who falls in love with her berates himself for loving someone who is so terribly gauch, but he can't help it - her naivity is what draws him in. The fact that she also encourages the attentions of men the main character despises and then ends up dying as a result of her own naivity, are what makes the psychological struggle so compelling. Only James could make such a transparently simple plot worth gold when written.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her Disability or addiction?    -   physical disability/sickness/injury

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age/status:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics?    -   Very naive/shy - Doesn't know where to put weiner

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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