Traveling to Nowhere: Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Analytical Essay by jpgaltmill

Traveling to Nowhere: Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
An analysis of Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
# 153860 | 1,543 words | 1 source | MLA | 2014 | US
Published on May 01, 2014 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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The paper analyzes Holly Golightly, the main protagonist in Truman Capote's novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The paper explains that while many readers see Holly Golightly as an embodiment of freedom, independence, and romantic frivolity, her constant "traveling" is essentially a dysfunctional refusal to make any real connection with anyone. The paper discusses how Holly Golightly is running from the pain in her past and the emptiness of her present.

From the Paper:

"Many readers assume that Tiffany's is a symbol for a materialistic ideal - the American Dream. Doc Golightly - Holly's husband, who we meet later in the book - also believes his young wife left him in order to chase that kind of shallow ambition: "Looking at show-off pictures. Reading dreams. That's what started her walking down the road" (57). While Holly says that she "wouldn't mind being rich and famous," this is not the thing that drives her (31). In the same scene she tells the narrator "someday I'll try to get around to it" (32), and this implies that she has not yet made the attempt. In fact, she had an opportunity to be a movie star in Los Angeles, but instead she ditched, not wanting to be tied down (31). Holly states very clearly why a trip to Tiffany's soothes her: "nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits" (33).
"In fact, what Holly really wants is to find a place or a person that can give her the same feeling as Tiffany's: she wants to feel safe. She wants to find a refuge from "the mean reds." It is only when she finds such a place that she will be willing to put down roots and stop "traveling" (33)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's. New York: Penguin Classics, 2000. Digital File.

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