Hacivat

Hacivat’s opportunism is in contrast with the instinctive morality of Karagoz . The latter, like a curious but unmalicious child, does not miss a single opportunity to turn into ridicule the very things which Hacivat and company take seriously. Hacivat blunders racklessly into all the intrigues, he spoils everything he ruins all. For this reason he is not well though of by the more powerful person. Hacivat is always regarded as a nuisance and an intruder. He must suffer the disdain of celebi the sarcastic barbs of Tiryaki the malicious tricks of beberuhi and finally the death threats of Tuzsuz. Even transients in the quarter poke fun at him and take pleasure is ceaselessly insulting him, escaping as fast as their legs can carry them when his patience gives out. In short he is a figure of ridicule in his own milieu but he always has the last word and invariably winds up triumphing over all adversity. Nor does he fail to went his overfloving cup of wrath on Hacivat who bas caused him so much grief.

Hacivat

Hacivat

Here we may appropiriately ask curselves whether Hacivat and Karagoz whose characteristic traits we have established as they emerge from uheir dialogues and action symbolize certain realities. Such a wuestion can scarcely be answered in the negative. Is Hacivat then perhaps a symbol a representative of that class of dignitaries of that aristocracy of civil servants who ruled as masters thanks to the Sultan’s protection over a defenseless people, preempting for themselves the greater portion of the worldly goods of that world? Such a claim would indeed be exaggerated. It is certain however that the popular and anonymous artist who created this contrast between the two protagonists definitely had this class in mind and loosed his arrows against it through the frailties of hacivat. He who cannot beat his donkey takes it out on the saddle says the Turkish proverb. And so popular satire was obliged to content itself by making a target of Hacivat in order to attack those who were outside its direct range. But the case of Karagoz is clear beyond and doubt: he symbolizes the people in all their good humors stouthearted under hadrship sober and devout, alert to whatever is going on; a people which rather than give way to random weeping and wailing, expresses its dissatisfaction in extrovert fashion through a little tale invented by its spokesman Karagoz an anecdote full of satire and which bears every hallmark of a warning.

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