In Breakfast at Tiffany´s, Holly Golightly is set in surviving, and she´s having a plan on how to do exactly that. Apart some intimate moments when her fears, anxities and panick attacks surface, she doesn´t question her system, for she believes it to take her where she wants to go. Obstinately looking for wealth and security in the arms of a good-looking millionar, she doesn´t see what life is really offering her.
As a nomad travelling-searching for a place to belong – a place she never finds (at least in the novel) – she has both cut with her past and is blind to the chance life is offering her, for it doesn´t fit her survival pre-conceived scheme of how things should go.
Holly Golightly is a street cat. And as a woman with dreams that had to survive on her own, her forcefulness impedes her to see beyond her system. As we follow the plot in the movie, Holly ends grabing a „good oportunity“ with both hands, even though it doesn´t fit her system. But, she only gives it up in face of total disillusion and defeat, when there´s really no other option. When she throws her cat – significantly named cat – out of the taxi and the man who loves her with it, she is still denying the obvious: that, if her system brought her that far, only by finally giving it up will she be able to survive further. It brought her there but, it cannot bring her anywhere any longer.
Holly´s struggle is not simply one for survival, but a quest to find her place in the world, to find her identity to put it bluntly. She´s a sophisticated playgirl, taking on the role of the naive, young, entertaining woman, who is always the catch of every party. She doesn´t know who she is, except that she is someone else´s luxury doll. And that´s how she has been surviving, until love literally knocks on her door and forces her system to tumble down.