My Name is Red

My Name is Red

The dog is one of the characters the storyteller impersonates at the coffeehouse. He speaks resentfully about how dogs are treated in Istanbul and the fact that some people think that dogs are dirty and sacrilegious. He points out that dogs, like all creatures, were created by Allah and that a dog appears in the Koran. In this sense, he represents the liberal attitude of the storyteller and the patrons of the coffeehouse.

The Dog Quotes in My Name is Red

The My Name is Red quotes below are all either spoken by The Dog or refer to The Dog. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

I'm a dog, and because you humans are less rational beasts than I, you're telling yourselves, "Dogs don't talk." Nevertheless, you seem to believe a story in which corpses speak and characters use words they couldn't possibly know. Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.

Related Characters: The Dog (speaker)
Page Number: 11
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I heard tell that this Husret Hoja, taking matters even further, declared with spittle flying from his mouth, "Ah, my devoted believers! The drinking of coffee is an absolute sin! Our Glorious Prophet did not partake of coffee because he knew it dulled the intellect, caused ulcers, hernia and sterility; he understood that coffee was nothing but the Devil's ruse. Coffeehouses are places where pleasure-seekers and wealthy gadabouts sit knee-to-knee, involving themselves in all sorts of vulgar behavior; in fact, even before the dervish houses are closed, coffeehouses ought to be banned. Do the poor have enough money to drink coffee? Men frequent these places, become besotted with coffee and lose control of their mental faculties to the point that they actually listen to and believe what dogs and mongrels have to say.

Related Characters: The Dog (speaker), Nesrut, Hoja of Erzurum
Related Symbols: Coffee
Page Number: 12
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The Dog Character Timeline in My Name is Red

The timeline below shows where the character The Dog appears in My Name is Red. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: I Am a Dog
Storytelling, Identity, and Perspective Theme Icon
Virtue vs. Sin Theme Icon
The dog boasts about the length of his canines, which give him a fearsome look. He explains... (full context)
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Creation vs. Representation Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Consciousness Theme Icon
Virtue vs. Sin Theme Icon
Love, Desire, and Greed Theme Icon
The dog notes that most clerics despise dogs, which may be blamed on a story that suggests... (full context)
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Life, Death, and Consciousness Theme Icon
Virtue vs. Sin Theme Icon
Love, Desire, and Greed Theme Icon
The dog tells the audience that the Venetian Doge (senior official) sent the Sultan’s daughter a female... (full context)
Chapter 10: I Am a Tree
Storytelling, Identity, and Perspective Theme Icon
Creation vs. Representation Theme Icon
Life, Death, and Consciousness Theme Icon
Virtue vs. Sin Theme Icon
...again, this time to the storyteller. Last night the storyteller told the audience about the dog and the Hoja of Erzurum, and the tree mockingly suggests that the audience misunderstood the... (full context)
Chapter 21: I Am Your Beloved Uncle
Storytelling, Identity, and Perspective Theme Icon
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Life, Death, and Consciousness Theme Icon
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...of the book’s illustrations, including a depiction of Death, a tree, Satan, a horse, a dog, and a coin. Enishte considers telling Black he wants him to marry Shekure, knowing that... (full context)