What’s love got to do with it got to do with it!!!!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a delightful, classic film that can still capture the audience’s attention after so many years.  This story features two main characters:  Holly and Fred.  Holly is a party girl who indulges herself in the party lifestyle, throwing parties and doing drugs, as a way to cope with the death of her parents at a young age.  She has no money, so she associates herself with wealthy men who take her out and buy her expensive gifts.  She also serves as the middle man for an Italian named Sally Tomato.  Moreover, Fred is a young writer who has a lot of potential, but is hit with writer’s block at the beginning of the movie.  Paul moves into the same apartment complex that Holly resides.

                They are similar in the sense that none of them have the type of money like the people who show up at Holly’s apartment to party.  Furthermore, through dealings with each other, Fred begins to fall in love with Holly and can no longer keep his feelings from her.  When he expresses his true feelings to her in the backseat of the car, she kind of brushes him out.  Through the next exchange of words and feelings by the two, you get the sense that Holly is downplaying his feelings because she cannot fathom a different type of life than the one she is experiencing now.  They are both faced with the decision to be together happily in poverty, or to continue to rise in the ranks among their wealthy guests.

                In today’s world there are individuals who firmly believe that money can buy happiness.  This being the case, I pose the question:  Are you an individual who follows this idea of money bringing you happiness?  If so, do you think it is true happiness?  Furthermore, can people truly be happy if they do not have the money to subsist?

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4 Responses to What’s love got to do with it got to do with it!!!!

  1. Jordi says:

    Money can’t buy happiness, but lack of money can bring a lot of sadness. I’ve seen research that shows that once you are above subsistence, happiness does not vary much by class strata- in other words, what makes people happy or not is probably pretty situational. It is about your family, your neighbors, your sense of how you compare to your reference group.

  2. Nate says:

    I agree with you Jordi. The movie also makes it pretty clear that money doesn’t buy you happiness with the way Holly lives her life. Paul on the other hand is a writer who does not make much money but seems to be proud of what he does. That sense of pride I believe builds self-concept which can correspond to happiness. The way I picked my career goal is not based off of money but something that I can wake up every morning and look forward to and feel proud about what I am doing. I think that is a better way to find happiness.

  3. foodforme207 says:

    Jordi, as an economist, I’ve graphed those studies to which you refer. This is why there is a move to measuring development by the Human Development Index (HDI) as a better means of showing how satisfied people are with their countries social and economic development. They use a composite of life expectancy, education, and income.
    Kind of a deep discussion for a fun movie like Breakfast! October is the 50th anniversary of the movie. That sends my happiness indicator way up!

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