IDENTITY CONFLICT IN THE NOVELSBABA VE P?ă AND K?ML?K: TO BE OR TO BE THE OTHER

Abstract

Author(s): Yakup YA?AR

The concept of “identity” forms the main framework of the study. “Identity” has been a sign symbolizing the existence of the societies, the ethnic groups and the individuals throughout the history. This concept, used to describe what the essence of an individual is, has become a means categorizing the people into specific classes. In Baba ve Piç1 the concept of “identity” is examined on the basis of the events experienced by Zeliha and the complexity she has in her inner world. Zeliha, the main character of the narrative, experiences identity conflict due to the trauma caused by the tough break which she experienced in her childhood and resulted in her getting pregnant. Her conflict inclines her towards a controversy between her attire, her attitudes-behaviors and her essence. Throughout the novel, we witness her struggle against the insultation of the society. She is otherised by the people around her, primarily her family. This causes her to be alienated to her environment. Zeliha, trying to exist as the “other” in the patriarchal society, becomes estranged to her own essence after a while. In this study, the sociological and psychological conflicts experienced by Zeliha, who has adopted the lifestyle contrary to social norms are analyzed under the title of “Identity Conflict” and various determinations related to the aforementioned topic are made . In addition, the conflict between the artificial “identity” the main characters, Jean Marc and Chantal in Kimlik2 by Milan Kundera , gain during the game they fictionalize and their self-identity they have in reality is discussed in this study. In the narrative, the efforts of a couple to reach an existence beyond their essence by getting alienated to their own identities are witnessed. They seek the happiness within their unrealistic identities they think to gain by escaping from the reality. In this study, just like Zeliha, Chantal’s having identity crisis as woman is emphasized as well. Jean -Marc and Chantal's love affair based on delusionalreality and especially Chantal's depression caused by the traumatic event in her previous marriage are discussed under the title of “Identity Conflict”, and also the significant deductions related to the topic are made.

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