My Name is Red

My Name is Red

Stork Character Analysis

Stork is the third master miniaturist, and his nickname refers to his tall, thin figure. He is greedy, conceited, and ruthlessly ambitious, and he hopes to succeed Master Osman as Head Illuminator after Osman’s death. He embraces the European style of painting; because of this, Master Osman hates him and the other miniaturists resent him. Osman accuses Stork of being the murderer, yet Stork’s innocence is proven when it is revealed that the murderer is Olive.
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Stork Character Timeline in My Name is Red

The timeline below shows where the character Stork appears in My Name is Red. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: I Am Your Beloved Uncle
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...include Death and Satan, “because we fear them,” and has asked his team of illustrators, Stork, Olive, Elegant, and Butterfly, to choose their own subjects as well. (full context)
Chapter 6: I Am Orhan
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...still call each other by the nicknames Osman gave them as apprentices: Butterfly, Olive, and Stork. (full context)
Chapter 11: I Am Called Black
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...miniaturists, has been missing for six days, and that the Sultan has instructed other young masters—Stork, Olive, and Butterfly—to work from home. (full context)
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...and asks her to tell Shekure that he has gone to visit Olive, Butterfly, and Stork. (full context)
Chapter 13: I Am Called “Stork”
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Next, Black arrives at Stork’s house. He mentions Master Osman’s question about time, and asks Stork for his thoughts. Stork... (full context)
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Once the story is over, Black stares at the picture of the Sultan that Stork is working on. Stork feels uncomfortable about the way Black is looking around his workshop,... (full context)
Chapter 17: I Am Your Beloved Uncle
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...at Elegant’s murderer that he almost forgets his prayers. He notes that he’d forgotten that Stork sometimes made negative comments about Elegant’s gilding work. Olive embraces Enishte, and Enishte thinks that... (full context)
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The procession continues. Butterfly walks over and tells Enishte he knows Olive and Stork are behind Elegant’s death. They knew Butterfly had a bad relationship with Elegant and they... (full context)
Chapter 18: I Will Be Called a Murderer
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...means that the reader has no way of knowing whether he is Butterfly, Olive, or Stork, although the murderer challenges the reader to recognize him through his style of language. (full context)
Chapter 19: I Am a Gold Coin
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The narrator introduces itself as a genuine 22-carat gold coin drawn by Stork at the coffeehouse. In the past month, Stork has earned 47 gold coins, the most... (full context)
Chapter 36: I Am Called Black
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...of the miniaturists murdered Elegant, and that he suspected it was either Butterfly, Olive, or Stork. He panics that the Head Treasurer will think he is a liar, but when the... (full context)
Chapter 41: It is I, Master Osman
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...and Black look through the book and are able to attribute particular illustrations to Olive, Stork, and Butterfly. In this way, they are able to learn the stylistic attributes of each... (full context)
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...already wants Butterfly to succeed him, as he doesn’t trust Olive and he believes that Stork will “unwittingly become a slave to the Venetian style.” Osman tells Black that his special... (full context)
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Black and Osman move on to Stork, who Osman claims is “ambitious and conceited.” Osman admits that if one of the three... (full context)
Chapter 45: I Am Called “Stork”
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Stork is on the way to the coffeehouse after evening prayers when a boy from the... (full context)
Chapter 52: I Am Called Black
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...that he is sure it was not Olive who murdered Elegant. Rather, he believes that Stork is the murderer. He thinks that Elegant must have confessed to Stork his feelings of... (full context)
Chapter 55: I Am Called “Butterfly”
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...adding that while the stylistic clue pointed to Olive, Osman remained convinced the culprit was Stork. Butterfly suspects both Olive and Stork are guilty, and suggests that he and Black raid... (full context)
Chapter 56: I Am Called “Stork”
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Butterfly and Black arrive at Stork’s house in the middle of the night and ask who made the illustration; with Butterfly’s... (full context)
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Stork feels that Butterfly and Black came to his house “out of loneliness and desperation.” Stork... (full context)
Chapter 57: I Am Called “Olive”
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...a larger scheme to encourage the miniaturists to adopt the European style. He thinks that Stork, meanwhile, hopes to “get rid” of all of them, including Master Osman, so that he... (full context)
Chapter 58: I Will Be Called a Murderer
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Stork condemns the murderer for speaking in such a “high and mighty” way. The murderer considers... (full context)
Chapter 59: I, Shekure
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...and is never heard from again. Master Osman dies two years after going blind, and Stork becomes Head Illuminator. Butterfly spends the rest of his life drawing ornamental designs for fabric. (full context)