Breakfast at Tiffany's Themes

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The theme of freedom continually touched on throughout the story as Holly and the narrator both push the boundaries of their freedom and then wonder how much freedom is too much. Holly has come from a background where poverty and a lack of parental guidance forced too much too soon on her. When she is taken in by Doc Golightly, she experiences a serious lack of freedom. She is suddenly given too much responsibility: the duties of a wife and mother at too tender an age. The constriction sends her fleeing, and she runs away in search of freedom.

Her new life in New York is as free as possible. She doesn't confine herself to a schedule, a moral code, commitments, lasting friendships, even a regular home. With all boundaries thrown off, Holly lives a wayfaring existence. She survives on cottage cheese and Melba toast, hardly ever does...

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