Identity Crisis In Breakfast At Tiffany's

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Identity crisis of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the phrase ‘identity crisis’ as “personal psychosocial conflict especially in adolescence that involves confusion about one's social role and often a sense of loss of continuity to one's personality“. In both novella and the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's this definition can be used to illustrate the main protagonist - Holly Golightly. Not only is she troubled by her psychosocial status, but she is also a young person, not exactly an adolescent, but rather a young girl who is quite rapidly transformed into a woman. Thanks to her unresolved self-issues, the heroine's dilemmas can be suspected in her communication with other characters and in almost all of her life - from her name to her perspective of the world. The issues of Holly's identity crisis will be identified and discussed in this research paper. Firstly, Holly Golightly is not exactly her actual name. Before she moved to the large urban area, she was called Lulamae and led an entirely different life. It is not established why she had abandoned her family; we can only speculate that the reason is finding new her 'self'. When a person from her past comes into her new life, she refuses to go back with him due to the fact …show more content…

Her sexuality is a relevant part of her identity. For a person who can be described as having an identity crisis, she is very open-minded toward all kinds of sexualities but when it comes to her lovers, she puts almost all of them under two labels - ‘rats’ and ‘superrats’. Moreover, Holly’s identity is repeatedly associated with complexity and contradict. It can be argued that we can connect her sexuality with her personality: “Holly is not only a physical paradox of a girl and a woman, but so is her personality, she has an odd mixture of child-like innocence and street smart sexuality” (Cash

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