Breakfast At Tiffany's Critical Analysis

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote, is a novel in the perspective of an unnamed narrator. The story begins when the narrator moves into a new apartment building, and befriends our main character: Holly Golightly. Holly, being about 18 or 19 years old, is described as a beautiful woman who essentially makes her money as a call girl. Our narrator, soon referred to by Holly as “Fred” due to his likeness or her brother, is a writer. “Fred”, grows closer with Holly, meeting her manager as well as attending a party of which the guests are several of her male suitors. As the story plays out we learn of Holly’s past, including her husband Doc Golightly, whom she married at the age of 14 and later ran away from. Things start to unfold when news arrives of the death of Holly’s brother. This leads to her completely changing her lifestyle, purposely staying close to a prominent man named Jose, who she plans to marry and go back to Brazil with. Problems raise when Holly is arrested for being associated with a member of a cartel, who was paying her to visit him in prison and deliver coded messages. Jose, finding this detrimental to his image, leaves her and goes back to Brazil. Running from the law, Holly takes her plane ticket to Brazil and goes off by herself. This leaves…show more content…
In the movie we see the events played out in almost the same order as the book, all while Audrey Hepburn plays a perfect real life image of the main character. The setting of New York City, the backstory of Holly’s character, and even her cat without a name is all included in the movie as it is in the book. An important similarity, I found, is that Holly’s promiscuity is not left out of the film. If the movie was made today, it would not come as a surprise. However, the frankness of something like sex work in the 60’s, when the film was released, could come as a bit of a
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