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In Websters New World College Dictionary innocence is defined as a very nave or simpleminded person In Henry James Daisy Miller A Study young Daisy Miller is very innocent girl She is an American girl traveling in Europe with her mother brother and her brothers teacher trying to fit in with the European culture She meets a man named Frederick Winterbourne narrator who is born in America but grows up in Europe Winterbourne begins to like Daisy and they have a little romance that is cut short by her move back to Rome in the winter When he goes to see Daisy in Rome he finds her with another man and his heart is broken Some people say that Daisys actions in James story make her selfish immature and disobedient However Daisy is innocent because she is a young American girl who is surrounded by a new culture and is being portrayed by a brokenhearted narrator Winterbourne In a preface to Daisy Miller Pandora The Patagonia and Other Tales Henry James discusses his inspiration for Daisy Miller A Study and the difference between Daisy Miller and the original person he observed James writes how he observed a young daughter a child of nature and of freedoma good looking Roman of vague identity astonished at his luck all innocently 134 This observation turned into the his character Daisy Miller In the story she makes decisions based on her age and easygoing personality No one can criticize these decisions because she does not know the right thing to do based on the amount of years she has lived The theme of Daisy Miller A Study is how Americans act when they are around Europeans In James story he writes about The conflicts and misunderstandings between primitive Americans and sophisticated Europeans Scheiber 23 In the story Winterbourne is an Europeanized American and the Millers are the Americans trying to adapt to the different culture Learning a
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