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'Breakfast at Tiffany's': A Feminist Approach

The 1958 novella by Truman Capote ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ offers its readers a sneak peek into the lavish lifestyle of early twentieth century New York. The main protagonist, however, had become the centre for much debate among feminists. This topic would entail a balanced analysis of the character of Holly Golightly – is she the source of empowerment for women through liberating herself in the ways described in the book? Or is her personality simply an archetype, a false stereotype for a certain demographic of women?

  • This is very interesting and as both a fan and a sceptic I'd love an in depth analysis of this! I also wonder how the changes from book to screen changes our perception of Holly for the worse or better. Perhaps we can empathise with her a little more by resolving the love story, however you could also argue this further destroys her autonomy. – rubyellam 5 years ago
  • It helps to also recognize the fact that the main protagonist is also looking for her dreams, as indicated in the song "Moon River", which is in the film version of "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Moon River, which is the name of a real river down in Savannah, GA, but the main protagonist imagines a partner who's looking for the same dreams that she is, which inspires her all the more. – mplo 5 years ago
  • Great topic! It will be extremely helpful if you add other outside sources supporting your argument. – Yvonne T. 5 years ago
  • I think this a great topic, and it will gain a lot of positive attention given that the movie is a classic and very popular still. I think especially in today's society, we need more analysis and exploration of the feminist ideals and how they were represented in the 1950s compared to now. – reschilke 5 years ago
  • I would also encourage the writer to explore the possibility of both/and rather than either/or in terms of feminist analysis. – oddiem 5 years ago
  • Great topic, especially for a piece not traditionally thought of as feminist (at least, I never thought of it that way). – Stephanie M. 3 years ago