Holly Symbolism

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Individuality and strength come from independence. The mutual influence of the two friends is demonstrated by their Christmas gift exchange, in which Holly gives the narrator a bird cage and the narrator gives her a medal of St. Christopher. Each gift illustrates a median between stability and freedom: Holly's gift is a cage, but it will never imprison a bird, and the narrator's gift is a medal of the patron saint of travel, but it comes from Tiffany's, Holly's personal symbol of home. For Holly, the distinction between stability and freedom is articulated by two of the novel’s major symbols: animals like her cat and Tiffany's, which Holly feels properly "at

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