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Sometimes ideas or objects from two different sources seem to come together and similarities are noticed I noticed many similarities in Edith Whartons Souls Belated and in Henry James Daisy Miller They both display conflicting cultures namely American and English societies The American culture in both stories is the culture that intrudes upon the norm The 2 stories also have a recurring theme in common The question of Marriage None of the characters in either story have a firm idea about marriage Marriage is constantly brought up in the dialogue of both stories In Daisy Miller I believe Daisy was simply acting in the way of a young American girl Do I think she knew she was acting inappropriately Only insofar as she knew others did not approve of her actions The question here is one of two separate cultures Also keep in mind here that the people who were criticizing Miss Miller were much older than her What they deemed inappropriate behavior may have been so in their generation but not for Daisy I also believe Daisy was dull-witted enough to not catch on to everyones true feelings on the matter until Mrs Walker made a point of acting her displeasure directly to Daisy Daisy knew she was a flirt she even admits it But did she know her actions were inappropriate No And after she found out they were did she care Obviously not I agree with the responses of several people that Giovanni was indeed nothing more that a distraction a means to make Winterbourne jealous I also believe however that Giovanni was a way for Winterbourne to get distance enough between he and Daisy that he might observe and ascertain her true nature This was accomplished and he realized Daisy was a flirt although a beautiful one I would like to point out one thing that I dont think anyone else noticed or at least if they did didnt talk
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