The soldier is Shekure’s first husband, who is never named and never takes an active role in the narrative. He is the brother of Hasan and the father of Shevket and Orhan. He is described as handsome and brave, but he disappears in battle and is never heard from again. Hasan and his father claim that the soldier is still alive, but, as he never returns to Istanbul, he is widely presumed to be dead, leading Shekure to eventually be granted the legal status of widowhood.
The timeline below shows where the character The Soldier 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
...no longer allowed to visit, and three years after Black left Istanbul Shekure married a soldier and had two sons with him. However, soon after this, the soldier disappeared in battle,... (full context)
Chapter 6: I Am Orhan
...Shekure sneaks downstairs and separates her sons, gently slapping Shevket, who declares that when his father comes back, they will all go to live with “Uncle Hasan” again. This infuriates Shekure,... (full context)
Chapter 8: I Am Esther
Chapter 9: I, Shekure
Chapter 21: I Am Your Beloved Uncle
Chapter 26: I, Shekure
...calls the two boys together and scold Shevket for telling Orhan that Black killed their father. Shevket cries that he’d prefer Hasan to become their new father, and Shekure slaps him... (full context)
Chapter 32: I, Shekure
...required to return to Hasan’s house and that this is why she is hiding her father’s death. Immediately, she begins to arrange her and Black’s marriage, setting out conditions which include... (full context)
Chapter 53: I Am Esther