Value of Love and Partnership in American Literature

In “Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking” what happens to the birds reflect a greater lesson for humanity?

This text describes the value of love and partnership. It shows various ways for parties to work together in the achievement of a goal, and the effect that it has on the parties. Such joining brings a sense of dependency on each other. Though this strengthens their bond and working strengths, it also weakens them individually. They become weak, broken and uneasy upon departure or loss of their partner; “I am terribly sick and sorrowful” (Walt, 115-120).

The joining of two in love is a partnership. Showing that a partnership can be rattled by the loss of one partner to the other, such as by death. This though realized by the living partner it still leaves a hollow and heavy heart. A heart still yearning for the return of the lost one. Though the mind knows the improbability of this, the heart continues to hope on; “Which I do not forget” (Walt, 185-190).

Do you feel that Cochise still speaks like a warrior in his speech? Why or why not?

I feel Cochise still speaks like a warrior in his speech. Within the text, there are various grammatical and speech evidence that depicts warrior-like characteristics. Death is a mystery feared by many except warriors in the war field. They tend to view death as a welcomed gift for them to retire and rest. They welcome it and even yearn for it. So does Cochise in his speech; “Lisp’d to me the low and delicious word DEATH, And again Death—ever Death, Death, Death (Walt, 185-190).

Do you think Winterbourne has wronged Daisy Miller? Why or why not?

I do not think that Winterbourne has wronged Daisy Miller in any way. Winterbourne admires Miss Daisy both physically and by character. He jumps to her defense when most people are questioning her character’s behavior and incarcerating her. He jumps to her defense in many instances such as; “I suspect she meant no harm” in his response to Mrs. Walker’s accusations. Also, when told to abandon and leave her alone by Mrs. Walker he has her back by replying with; “I’m afraid I cannot do that,”- “I like her extremely” (Henry, 1-43).

Do you think that Henry James was trying to criticize American manners in “Daisy Miller”? Why or why not?

In daisy miller, I seriously feel that Henry James more than tried to praise various aspects of American History. This described in the interactions among the different characters. Randolph and his sister displayed as kind enough to hold a conversation with winterbourne. Also, other characters in the text are open and social enough to converse even if they may be having issues against other parties.
Winterbourne’s remark to Randolph after offering him sugar “Take care you do not hurt your teeth” (Henry, 2) shows care. Winterbourne who also has an American descent offered needed advice to Randolph on partaking vast sugar amounts. He does this without being judgmental on him or his mother for this behavior or lack of teeth.
Statements such as; “They treat the courier like a familiar friend–like a gentleman” by Costello referring to Miss Daisy’s family portray Americans as social and non-discriminatory. Miss Daisy’s family dines and sits with their courier as if they are one but yet he is of a lower class. Also, the daughter has an affair with the courier with the knowledge of the mother and, as such further showing that they do not discriminate against race and class when it comes to love and relations. Such as portrayed by Costellos’s words “who has an intimacy with her mamma’s courier” referring to miss daisy.

The aspect of Americans loving and caring for one another abundantly displayed in the text. They are people that are true to their feelings and their judgments not eluded by other people’s opinions. Though winterbourne received a lot of opinion from most people thinking Miss Daisy is not a lovely girl, he still cares for her and defends her. With statements like, “I’m afraid I can not do that,” when asked to abandon her shows care (Henry, 1-43).

 

Works Cited
Henry, J. Daisy Miller: harpers Half-Hour Series. Harper and Brothers (1897): 1-43. Web.
Walt, W. Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, leaves of grass publishers (1860): 1-190. Web.

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