RECONSTRUCTING THE ANCIENT MYTHEMES: THEMATIC ENCLOSURE OF DR IANNIS AS A POSTMODERN ODYSSEUS IN CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN

Louis de Bernieres'nin Yüzbaşı Corelli'nin Mandolini romanı, kahramanın canavarlar ile karşılaşması ve kahramanın zekasını kullanması gibi Odysseus mitinden tanınan mitsel öğeler (''mythemes'') üzerine kurulmuştur. Romancı, bu mitsel öğeleri kullanma sürecinde onların hem yapılarını hem de belirlenmiş anlamlarını revize eder ve sorgular. Bu çalışma, Dr. Iannis karakterinin bir Odysseus figürü olarak temsil edilmesi üzerinde durmaktadır. Romancı bunu yaparken, Odysseus mitinin özünü, yani kahramanın bilgeliğini, üstünlüğünü ve zaferini her macerada ispat etmesini bozar ve mitsel öğeleri tekrar oluşturur. Eski, ve yeni anlamları yan yana koyarak, Louis de Bernieres eski mitsel öğelerin sonsuza dek belirli kalıplar içinde kalma yetisine sahip olmadıklarını vurgular. Louis de Bernieres'nin miti yeniden işlerken, Dr. Iannis'in postmodern bir Odysseus olması mit paradigmalarının beklentilerini karşılamaz, bunun yerine zeka, bilgi ve otorite konusunda limitleri olduğunu gösterir

Mit Ögelerini Yeniden Yapılandırmak: Kaptan Corelli'nin Mandolini'nde Dr. Iannis'in Postmodern Odysseus Olarak Tematik Temsili

Louis de Bernières' novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin revives some of the mythemes of the Odysseus myth, such as the hero's encounter with monsters and the hero's dominance by intelligence, among others. In the process of using these mythemes, the novelist revises and challenges both their structures and earlier established meanings. This study focuses on the representation of the character Dr Iannis as an Odysseus figure. In doing so, the novelist deconstructs the essence of Odysseus myth, namely the hero's assertion of his wisdom, supremacy and victory in each enterprise, and reconstructs the mythemes anew. By juxtaposing the old meanings with new ones, Louis de Bernières stresses the incapability of the earlier mythical units to serve forever as fixed signifiers. In Louis de Bernières' reworking of the myth, Dr Iannis as a postmodern Odysseus fails to rise to the expectations of the mythical paradigm, presenting instead his limits concerning intelligence, knowledge and authority.

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