Title The Mirror Tricks in Orhan Pamuk’s ‘White Castle’
Authors Veronika ZAGVOZDKINA
Abstract It is considered to be that mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself (in which case the archaic term lookingglass is sometimes still used), decoration or architecture. However one of the basic functions of a mirror is to help in comprehension of features of the person and creation of one’s inner world. Whenever someone looks in the mirror they subconsciously analyses who they are, what make them who they are, or make them different from other people. There is a wide variety of mirror themes in O. Pamuk’s novel ‘The White castle’. Throughout the narration different mirror metaphors are presented to the reader. The writer doesn’t bring out a mirror, as a material object from the very beginning. First of all the writer slowly and carefully prepares the reader. Thus the novel begins with similarity visible only to the slave and comes to an end with slave and master changing their roles. During this process the chain of mirror metaphors is presented to the reader. All of them pursue some overall aims. The first of them is in relation to the master and the slave, from the point of view of S. Freud’s dialectic of master and slave. Both the master and the slave are closely connected with each other. While the slave is adhered to the master materially, the master is adhered to the slave subconsciously. The second and more extensive function is the similarity of representatives of different cultures or occupation characteristics. The third and most important function is to prove to the reader that there is no actual difference between Eastern and Western worlds, between Christianity and Islam, despite the fact they are considered to be each other’s opposites. That is why the novel is of importance, not only from the point of view of simple literature but also from the point of view of psychology, humanities and the social sciences.
Keywords Mirror, metaphor, the Master-Slave Dialectic.
Journal IJSES - International Journal of Social and Economic Sciences
Issue Issue 2
Page 59-61
Year 2011
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