Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Holly Golightly Traveling

Parte una

I, too, have reached the halfway mark and there is one element of the

story that I keep coming back to. The party, I think, explained a lot
about Holly's character. Besides her fancy for travels, and the various
men in her life, she keeps the element of surprise and aloofness while
still maintaining a connection with the men. She is the bait on the
fishing pole and she obviously likes it that way because when the only
woman, Mag, came to the party she insinuated that she had either a
disease or was loose in her sexual morals. If the men had indeed all
slept with Holly, wouldn't they have been concerned when seeing all of
the other possible suitors or bedders? Wouldn't they have been concerned
with her being "clean?"

So, what I've gathered thus far, Miss Golightly is simply a mystery and
that is what grants her so many prospective men. I am not saying she has
not slept with any of them, nor is she a prostitute; I think it is more
along the lines of granting herself the occasional fling while still
maintaining a horde of attention. If she gave up her pretensions, she
would lose the mystery and just be another girl.

This is where I don't buy the comment of her not wanting to be a movie
star, I think she would have loved to, but she would be scrutinized and
that would be the problem. This way, in maintaining the affection and
attention of men, she can be a star among them but not have to face the
judgment that comes with Hollywood stardom
.

Parte dos

So, I finished the remainder of the novella and I certainly see why this

book was included in the list of texts for our Radical Romance class. We
have a host of characters, all entirely different from love and
relations' status quo. Holly is a free spirit, brought to life by way of
a questionable upbringing, which gives her license to live a
single-woman's lifestyle. I, too, would be frolicking around with all
different types of characters if at the tender age of fourteen were
married to what could be my father. Then we have the various playboy
millionaires that come in and out of her apartment, all looking to
"settle-down" with the hottest ticket on the market, the pinnacle of a
trophy wife. Next, Joe Bell, the homosexual bartender along with the
narrator who seems to be rather asexual, they are defiant characters
against the manly-and ironically so - Rock Hudson type. Moreover, Holly
herself uses much language in reference to "bull-dykes." In essence,
Breakfast at Tiffany's employs the richness of all walks of life (when
speaking about sexual-preferences or lack-there-of) that I can see
perfectly why this is considered a Radical romantic novella.








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