SCAPEGOATING THE WEAKER SEX: A MIMETIC ANALYSIS OF ELIF SHAK’S HONOR
The present study analyzed the seminal novel Honor written by Elif Shafak through the lens of mimetic theory propounded by Girard (1987) to find out the mimetic practices embedded in the Kurdish Turkish culture and how those mimetic practices have become rituals and established norms in marginalizing and suppressing the women. The study was carried out to highlight the instances of such cultural practices that scapegoat the women for the so-called values of the society through honor killing. The mimetic study of the novel is also significant because it highlights the women’s emancipation against such brutal cultural practices as honor killing. The findings of the study show that women have been subject to suppression, subjugation, violence and injustice in the Turkish culture because they belong to a weak sex. The study also highlights that the societal norms are established and practiced by the men over the women because they are the ones who control the society. Moreover, the study also establishes that Shafak has fought back the mimetic and scapegoating practices of the Turkish culture by highlighting the hypocrisy of the men and women’s plight for liberation from the clutches of the men through the character of the protagonist Pembe. The study reveals that the novel Honor rejects the scapegoating practices and marginalization against women by highlighting the injustice done to women in the Kurdish Turkish women. The society needs to reconsider their values to stop such practices against the women and needs to treat them with justice and equality. The study concludes that scapegoating the women in the name of women while sparing the men for the same crime is not a just cultural practice.