Daisy Miller-Turn of the Screw

             Henry James does an extraordinary job in establishing innocence in two distinguishable scenarios. Henry James, author of The Turn of the Screw and Daisy Miller uses somewhat of a superficial approach in using youth and beauty, in order to institute innocence. This is the basis for conflict in the stories. Youth in these particular cases are disguises; the reality is that these younglings have been corrupted over a short at some point in time. In both novellas tragedy ultimately brings an end to both stories.
             The eyes are easily deceived by appearances. Through the character of Daisy Miller, Henry James, the author, addresses the problem of tragic innocence in uncultivated Americans. Daisy is created as the apex of American innocence, the ideal female. Her "daisy-like" attributes and commonness are evident at every turn. Her flirtatious ways, and constant need for male attention are the grounds for tragedy. The tragedy of the novella isn't Daisy's demise but her inability to develop a relationship with Winterbourne, the only one that truly saw her as innocent. She sins in forming a love affair with a man of lower social rank; this is looked upon negatively for the times. This rebellious act could be seen as her desire for attention. Her constant need for attention, especially that of males, is obviously derived from the neglectful ways of her father, the most influential man in her life. Daisy Miller was a young lady without direction.
             The characters appearances in The Turn of the Screw are notably more deceiving than that of Daisy Miller, innocence is lacking to a greater degree. In this novella, James, constructs a story that is very ambiguous, leaving the story open to interpretation. His main intention was to unleash sexually desires that were repressed by society, the Victorian era. In the story class structures are violated, governesses are impregnated, children are sexually corrupted, and ghost...

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