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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's


by Truman Capote

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Themes

Breakfast at Tiffany's Themes


Isolation, the desire for it, and the fear of it, are central themes in Breakfast at Tiffany's. In many ways, isolation reflects a desire to remain unconfined by close personal relationships since...


Friendship is a complicated thing. It can be wonderful and fulfilling and it can also be painful and devastating. The friendships in this novel are, for the most part, superficial and are often bas...

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

On a basic level, Breakfast at Tiffany's is about looking forward to the future and about the dreams, hopes, and plans we make for ourselves. In many ways these dreams sustain the characters, as th...

Memory and the Past

Memory and the past are both positive and negative forces in Breakfast at Tiffany's. For some characters, memories are the only truly happy things they have in their lives since those recollections...


The idea of transience informs nearly every aspect of Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's the desire to remain unfettered and unchained that propels Holly and that drives much of the action of the story,...

Freedom and Confinement

The desire for freedom and the fear of confinement are in keeping with the other themes in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The need for freedom compels characters to act in strange ways in order to protect...

The Home

There's no single idea of "home" in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and this is what makes it such an interesting theme. For some, home is a feeling of belonging, and it doesn't matter where this is. For o...


We get a just a few direct mentions of "love" in Breakfast at Tiffany's, but it's still pretty important because we are presented with a lot of different ideas about what love really is. There are...

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