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How is Daisy Miller, by Henry James, a storey with psychological conflicts and...

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jessica1988 | eNoter

Posted June 17, 2013 at 1:07 AM via web

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How is Daisy Miller, by Henry James, a storey with psychological conflicts and insights?

Henry James has often been called a psychological realist who is more intrested in the development of inner conflict and character motivation than in an exciting external narrative opportunity.

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 17, 2013 at 11:02 PM (Answer #1)

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Daisy Miller, by Henry James, has no great adventure that occurs to the main characters. It is unlike H. Rider Haggard's 19th century romance novels in which great events transpire.

The events in James' novella are simple, subtle, mild. Conversations occur. Walks takes place. Sitting rooms and hostesses are visited. Efforts are made to save a foolish young American from her headstrong naivete. There is no action that dominates reader attention.

Instead, James focuses on and allows the reader access to the psychological motivations, rationalizations, cognitive processes, emotions and explanations that transpire in the minds and hearts of the central characters.

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