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.
This report prepared by Kelly Whiting