My Name is Red

My Name is Red


Orhan Pamuk

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My Name is Red: Chapter 27 Summary & Analysis

Shekure yells at Black to stick his penis in the mouth of a prostitute and accuses him of losing “all sense of decorum.” Black listens quietly, and Shekure adds that if he really loves her he would learn to control himself. They both listen to check if anyone is around, and Shekure tells Black that the house is haunted by the ghost of the Hanged Jew. They discuss Black’s conversation with Shevket; Black admits that Shevket does not like him, but Orhan does. Shekure tells him about Hasan’s plan to go to the judge, and asks him if he would agree to live in Enishte’s house once they marry. Black says he will think about it, but agrees to testify to the judge that he knows Shekure’s husband is dead. Shekure then urges Black to finish the book, as she believes it is bringing them trouble. Shekure explains how she came to marry her husband, and Black reflects on the difference between love and lust. Shekure asks him if she is still beautiful; they kiss, but Shekure insists that they do not have sex. Shekure goes home, leaving fading footprints in the snow.
Black’s reaction to seeing Shekure after so long is rather simple; he wishes to immediately have sex with her, forgetting about the problems that could arise from this. Shekure, however, remains more measured. She asks Black a series of questions that she has clearly planned in advance, and makes sure that he knows about the potential obstacles to their marriage. This confirms the idea that, even though she is 12 years younger than him, Shekure is still more mature than Black. Counter to the stereotype that women are foolish and flighty, Shekure is responsible and level-headed. The final image of her footprints confirms the idea that she has a ghost-like existence.
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