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The Importacen of Individualism for Americans as Shown in Daisy Miller, Back to Babylon, Invisible Man and Death of a Salesman
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Individualism has always been close and dear to American hearts Even since colonial days Americans have fought for and displayed individualism Americans thrive on their differences and ideals to run their daily lives The four stories Daisy Miller Back to Babylon Invisible Man and Death of a Salesman display just thatThe first story Daisy Miller by Henry James is about an American female in European culture Daisy as you can see from her name is a very plain and common girl There is nothing royal or elite about her On the other hand she meets a Swiss man named Winterbourne As you can tell from his name he is very pristine and distinguished This in a sense describes the vast difference in characters that compose America and other countries The men around Daisy perceived her as a stereotypical American flirt On Daisys trip to Italy she once again meets a man Apparently Daisy has an attraction to the foreign folk this time an Italian chap named Giovanelli He and Winterbourne constantly are fighting over the courting over Daisy Finally Daisys flirting got the best of her She contracted Roman fever and passed away From that point on men were always in arguments blaming each other for Daisys death This shows how American ideals can effect other societies Winterbourne Giovanelli and others were so enthralled by this American it ultimately ended up in deathFitzgeralds Back to Babylon also portrays Americans as different than their European counterparts This story is about a wealthy American female who is falling for a French playboy Here Fitzgerald displays the Americans as individuals who are intrigued by foreigners Americans have fought for separation for centuries however ironically we cannot get enough of other countries In the story the American and Frenchman get married They are a perfect match for one another both drunks and separated from the rest of the world Their life seems to keep going in the same direction
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