How does pride hinder or enable an honest understanding of one’s REPUTATION and how does that occur?
Daisy can be seen as prideful because of her American decent and she likes to make herself the center of attention.
The front that Daisy conveys to people is often confusing because many believe that she is naive and innocent, while others think she is just a manipulative flirt.
Daisy Miller is seen as a flirt by the way that she carelessly associates with different men. She is not reserved in her manners and often does not act within the guidelines of European society.
Some people think that Daisy Miller is simply innocent and naive as to how society works. Her behavior is often so outrageous that Winterbourne sometimes wants to give her the benefit of the doubt by wondering if she really is just innocent and does not know any better.
Daisy Miller may appear to be conceited by some people because she always tries to be the center of attention in social situations. She also often speaks highly of herself to men and feels as if the social norms do not apply to her.
Daisy Miller is very independent, most likely because her mother does not have a strict parenting style, nor does she attempt to monitor Daisy’s behavior.
Daisy is quite stubborn in the sense that she does not listen to others’ opinions or commands. She thinks that her way is the best and does not even consider the thought that someone else could be right.
“…Flirting with any man she can pick up; sitting in corners with mysterious Italians; dancing all the evening with the same partners; receiving visits at eleven o’clock at night.” (55-56)
“I never heard anything so stiff! If this is improper, Mrs. Walker, then I’m all improper, and you had better give me right up.” (54)
“Daisy at any rate continued on this occasion to present herself as an inscrutable combination of audacity and innocence. (51)
“I know I’d like her. She’d be very exclusive. I like a lady to be exclusive; I’m dying to be exclusive myself. Well, I guess we are exclusive, mother and I. We don’t speak to any one.” (24)
“So addressed Daisy’s mother looked at him an instant with a certain scared obliquity…’I guess she had better go alone’.” (30)
“It seems as if there’s nothing she won’t undertake.” -Mrs. Miller (30)
“The young ladies of this country have a dreadfully pokey time of it, by what I can discover; I don’t see why I should change my habits for such stupids.” (61)