Breakfast at Tiffany's

Topics: Truman Capote, Want, Need Pages: 3 (1005 words) Published: October 28, 2010
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The lyrics made famous by Frank Sinatra and many others say, “Two drifters off to see the world. There’s such a lot of world to see.” This song “Moon River” was played in the movie version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and in my opinion sums up Holly Golightly. In the original book version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote uses Holly Golightly, a “lost soul” searching for her place to belong as a symbol that all anyone really wants in life is to find a place where they feel they belong. Holly was placed in an awkward home situation when she was 14; this began her phase of trying to find a better place where she actually belonged. “When I married Lulamae, that was in December, 1938, she was going on fourteen.” (Capote, 67). This refers to the fact that since Holly was married at 14 she did not know herself when she was forced into an adult situation. Holly never got to figure out who she wanted to become. She did not want to be married so she ran away. She needed to be young and free in a sense. She had to learn about life on her own time and she believed that there was a place for her that was better than where she was. “She plain broke our hearts when she ran off like she don’t.” (Capote, 68). Holly did not even feel the need to tell anyone what she was doing. She was such a young child herself that she lived no moral obligation to the life she was living. She was not living the way she wanted to so, she just up and left. What she did not realize was that she was leaving behind a family that thought she was exactly where she was supposed to be, so to them she was being lost, but to her, she was on her way to finding herself. Holly’s early life led to her future of continuous traveling and search of her one place to belong and feel at home. Holly is searching for a place where she belongs. She does not feel at home or comfortable in any place except for Tiffany’s. “I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found a place...
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