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Five Novels and Five Debauched Women

Author(s): Türkân Yeşilyurt
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Semiology, Novel, Comparative Study of Literature, Hermeneutics
Published by: Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi
Keywords: Madame Bovary type, debauched women; femme fatale; hysteric woman; kind prostitute; tainted lady;

Summary/Abstract: This study investigated the debauched women, Kalyopi, Mazlume, Fitnat, Despina ve Cevahirli Esma Hanımsultan as the chief female characters in five novels. Kalyopi in Ahmet Mithat Efendi’s novel, Henüz Onyedi Yaşında (Only Seventeen Years Old) reminds us of the chief character, Marguerite Gautier in the novel, the Lady of the Camellias by Alexander Dumas Fils. Mazlume in Sefile by Halit Ziya is a hysterical woman like her mother. Fitnat in Zâniyeler by Selâhattin Enis has overtones of a Madame Bovary. Despina in Dâmen-âlûde by Mehmet Celâl is a a beautiful, attractive, mysterious, sexy, wicked, tricky woman who usually leads men into danger or causes their destruction, in other words, a “femme fatale”. Esma Hanımsultan in Reşat Ekrem Koçu’s Binbirdirek Batakhanesi Cevahirli Hanımsultan is a kind, fun-and man-addicted prostitute, in other words,a nymphomaniac. When the stories of these women are closely investigated, it can be seen that the following factors forced them to become debauched women; Kalyopi had to support her family; Mazlume became a destitute child as she first lost her father and then her mother; Fitnat’s interests were quite different from her husband’s; Despina as a baby was left at the door of a church; Esmasultan, who married a very old man when she was a child, became anymphomaniac.

  • Issue Year: 23/2017
  • Issue No: 91
  • Page Range: 173-196
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Turkish