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In Daisy Miller by Henry james, how does Randolph represent American society?

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Posted November 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM via web

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In Daisy Miller by Henry james, how does Randolph represent American society?

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted September 26, 2010 at 8:14 AM (Answer #1)

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In Daisy Miller by Henry James, Randolph represents the untamed nature of the American opportunity. He represents this because he is unrestrained, imaginative, outspoken, uninhibited, energetic, slightly wild around the edges, and full of enthusiastic fun. Randolf is the personification--if that term can be used loosely in reverse fashion--of James' perception of the negative characteristics of his homeland and the embodiment of what James disliked about America. James admired, on the other hand, the fresh spirit of innocence as embodied in the character of Daisy, even while he disliked the untamed, uncultivated energy that seemed to devour or trammel everything in its path as is embodied in Randolph's explosive behavior on the patio in Vevey when he first forces himself upon Winterbourne's attention.

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