Daisy Miller: An Annotated Bibliography Essay

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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. The author, Baylard, discusses how Daisy’s behavior is innocently rash and that her behavior is unintentionally trying to be lewd, but being in an unfamiliar setting to that of modern America has left her unaware of how to act properly. This is what leads to her misjudgment, which is clearly represented in Baylard’s descriptions of how various characters acted in the story. Such as Eugino, who would act shocked and look at the Millers in a disapproving manner, or that of Mrs. Costello, who Baylard points out as an example of how women were supposed to act. Women of this specific time period, as Baylard says, were defined as delicately feeble as Mrs. Costello is similarly with her constant headaches, but Daisy’s untraditionally improper ways are a breath of fresh air to the typical norms.

Brown, Melanie. "Freedom in Daisy Miller." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.

The writing discusses the theme of “Daisy Miller: A Study” being about freedom. Brown bring up the fact that Daisy and the Millers grew up in America where having a sense of independence is valued unlike in Europe where it is considered to be offensive to the citizens there. Various examples of Daisy’s representation of freedom are brought up throughout the article and analyzed. However, the article concludes by pointing out that the very freedom Daisy relished is what causes her downfall. In the analysis, the author effectively applies the theme of freedom to Daisy as the reason for uncultivated ways. As the Brown points out, Daisy and her family are accustomed to being Americans that are free to act as they please. However, being in old-world Europe has left them unaware of how to act in an unfamiliar setting. Daisy’s sense of freedom is used as her reasoning for refusing to conform to society’s standards, such as the author’s example of Mrs. Walkers’ warning to Daisy about being in the company of men while alone and Daisy’s ultimate dismissal of it proves the value she holds on her freedom. Brown explains clearly that the more Daisy refuses to relinquish her hold on the freedom Americans value is what causes her to be outcast from Europe’s reserved society of elites. Ironically, as the Brown states, Daisy’s refusal to let go of her freedom is what causes her unfortunate death. The Brown’s...

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