Daisy Miller Close Reading

Winterbourne’s abundant psychological activities towards Daisy relieve against the impact of cultural contrast between America and Europe. Confined by the conservative european culture, people in europe especially those who talk Daisy in the back cannot understand Daisy’s behavior. The surrounding influenced Winterbourne’s judgement. Strongly impacted by the european background Winterbourne regards Daisy as “a young lady whom a gentleman need no longer be at pains to respect”. (456) Loving Daisy, Winterbourne feels like being cheated as “looking at her companion and not reflecting that though he saw them vaguely.” (456) However, struggled by his origin connection with the new continent, Winterbourne questions himself “with a sort of horror” (456) hesitating wether Daisy’s behavior meaning what. Observed by her appearance, Daisy seems like a rich girl. Nevertheless her interests and knowledges don’t show her class at the same way. In another way it shows the American industrial revolution bringing up people’s economic estate but not education. Winterbourne seems considering more which contrasting with Daisy’s innocence way dealing with things. Blinded by the cultural gap, Winterbourne thinks “the riddle had become easy to read” (456)  But that clearness actually reflects his confession “as if a sudden illumination has been flashed upon the ambiguity of Diasy’s behavior.”(456) European culture has limited women’s rights to communicate resulting in Daisy’s natural conversation with other male becomes a misunderstanding of her faithful love. Daisy wants to assimilate into the new community. Lacking of knowledges and sense of cultural differences she radically changes herself in a inappropriate way. At the same time, Winterbourne also shows his love by “fear that he was doing her injustice.” (456) which hints his recognition of her being a innocence girl.

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