Unrequited Love in the Selected Novels of Orhan Pamuk


  • Ahmed Hassan Ali Murshed Ph.D. Research Scholar, Department of English, Faculty of Arts, AMU, India




Love, One-sided Love, Happiness, Rational, Beauty


Certainly, Love is one of the most unmistakable natural sentiments of the individual, so the psychologists have attempted to characterize the word 'love' in various manners, for instance,Freud, in his book, (Civilization and Contents)illuminates the sentiment of love according to mental perspective. As he would like to think, a limit between the 'object' and'ego' is degraded, so he stated that "Against to all proof of his feelings, a person, who is in love utters that 'you' and 'I' are one and begins carrying on as if it was a reality" (Freud, 13). 'Self' of the individual, who falls in love is totally degraded into 'oneself' of the other, so Love assumes an important role in bliss or despondency in human life, in which, the fruitful love makes life upbeat and on the contrary, its disappointment changes life into a hopeless wreck, so unfortunately, Unrequited Love is a one imbalance in which you may love someone with all your heart, but you don’t receive these feelings in return. In other words, it is love that isn’t reciprocated. For example, you may love someone deeply, but this person simply doesn’t love you back.

This paper will discuss the characters’ suffering as a result of the one-sided love and explain how they behaved during the events of the love stories, as well as delineate the tragic ending of their unrequited love, furthermore, it will give some examples from some of Pamuk’s novels.


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How to Cite

Murshed, A. H. A. . (2020). Unrequited Love in the Selected Novels of Orhan Pamuk. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(10), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i10.10794