Monday, February 10, 2014
Upon reading the first fifty or so pages of Breakfast at Tiffany's one thing is certain, Miss Holly Golightly is a mess. Whether this mess had good or bad implications is yet to be seen, but to no matter that doesn't make her any less interesting to 'Fred' the writer or the readers. We are given a glimpse into the daily dealings that inhabit her life, countless strangers in her apartment, escapes via the fire escape, her unusual taste in conversation, and her nameless cat. We are also shown her apartment, which is as mess just like her, no place to sit, clothes all over.Our narrator, the writer, is intrigued with Miss Holly, enough so to immerse himself in her mess of a life, thus immersing the reader as well. Its safe to say that nothing notable has happened up until this portion of the novel, well there was Mag's drunkenness that was somewhat comical, and the brief history of Holly that O.J. gives us.
The idea of home that this portion of Breakfast at Tiffany's gives me an impression of a young woman in a transitional phase of life, not yet knowing were to belong, where to call home, and thus explains her messy life/apartment. Again, home has yet to have any real meaning to Holly at this portion in the story. Here apartment is an extension of the lifestyle she is living, clothes strewn all over (from the many nights entertaining guests), no furniture for guests to sit on (implying that she doesn't want extended company), and her no named cat (no named because its future is just as uncertain her own). So, home means nothing substantial to Holly at this point in her life, and by substantial I mean that it has no emotional impact on her. Like I said before, her apartment is an extension of the lifestyle she portrays, which is a young women in New York without and moral obligations to follow. Thus home to her is just a place to entertain guests and store her clothes until she feels the need to move on to the next.