Orhan is the younger of Shekure’s two sons, and is six years old at the time the novel is set. Orhan is loving and loyal to his mother and he often fights with his older brother, Shevket. Unlike Shevket, Orhan warms to Black and jumps at the opportunity to help get his family away from Hasan’s house. At the end of the novel, Shekure reveals that she told her stories to Orhan and she warns the reader that Orhan may embellish and even lie in order to create an entertaining narrative. Orhan’s name is thus also a playful reference to the actual author of the book, Orhan Pamuk.
Orhan Character Timeline in My Name is Red
The timeline below shows where the character Orhan appears in My Name is Red. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: I Am Orhan
...the previous one finished, although with a shift to the perspective of Enishte’s six-year-old grandson Orhan. Enishte asks Orhan to kiss the hand of his uncle, Black, who greets him warmly.... (full context)
Chapter 7: I Am Called Black
Chapter 15: I Am Esther
Chapter 16: I, Shekure
Chapter 26: I, Shekure
...and desires that cannot be stated explicitly. Shekure sends Shevket to the kitchen and asks Orhan to deliver the piece of paper to Black. Orhan hesitates, but eventually agrees. Later, she... (full context)
Chapter 27: I Am Called Black
Chapter 34: I, Shekure
Chapter 53: I Am Esther
Chapter 59: I, Shekure