Daisy Miller- the Huck Finn of Her Time

1184 WordsOct 15, 20125 Pages
Martin Daisy Miller was not the average young European woman during the 1800’s. Much like Huckleberry Finn, Daisy, coming from America did not want to conform to the norms of European society. She wanted to be her own individual. While reading Daisy Miller there were three common themes that arose which led me to believe that Daisy could be addressed as the female version of Huck Finn. Some of the themes include: the constant search for freedom, rejecting the norms of society, and the uncultured lifestyles that both tried to achieve. Huck Finn was in constant search of freedom beyond schooling and dressing up for Sundays. “The Widow Douglas, she took me for her son, and allowed she would civilize me, but it was rough living in the…show more content…
Both Daisy and Huck find pleasure in knowing that it’s ok to live outside of society’s expectations, especially if it’s what made them happy. Daisy and Huck were known for the uncultured lifestyles that they both worked hard to achieve. Daisy, growing up in an era where young women were suppose to be seen rather than heard, thrived on the fact that she knew how to drive men crazy. She knew she was attractive and used it to her benefit. Huck was given a warm house to stay in, with food on the table and clothes on his back, but yet chose to leave for a more adventurous life. Not only did he pass up a fairly normal home life, but he took to adventures on the river with the widow’s slave Jim. “Hello, Jim! He bounced up and stared at me wild. Then he drops down on his knees, and puts his hands together and says: Doan’ hut me- don’t. I was ever so glad to see Jim I warn’t lonesome now. I told him I warn’t afraid of him telling people where I was. It’s good daylight, lets get breakfast.” (pg.241) This passage shows me how little Huck cares about what society thinks of him. He finds his widow’s slave and instead of turning him in, he feeds him, and the two become comrades. Many people would condemn Huck for associating and helping a run -away slave. Huck never once regrets his decision, and the two become the best of friends. Much like Huck, Daisy lives a very uncultured lifestyle as well. She came from America to Europe and
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