AHAB VS. SUN; HOUSE VS. GOD: LIFE WITHOUT PAIN

This article examines the similarities shared by two characters with disabilities: Doctor House, the main character of a popular television series House M.D. and Ahab in Moby Dick. Although Moby Dick was written in the 19th century, it can still be studied from various perspectives, which makes it a valuable source to unroll the human psyche. In this respect, pain can be considered the source of obsession. Pain is taken as the major reason turning these two characters into pessimist, arrogant, and skeptical humans. One of the main similarities shared by the show House M.D. and the novel Moby Dick is a medical enigma called “phantom limb pain”. This medical enigma makes people feel their lost limbs; eventually affects and changes who they really are. Both Ahab and Murphy, one of the characters in the show House M.D., have suffered from phantom sensations since traumatic amputations. While Doctor House does not suffer from phantom limb pain, his acute limb pain reshapes his personality traits. In the absence of the everlasting feeling of pain, these characters could be entirely different. We can see this change not in Ahab’s personality but in House’s. In the episodes without House’s pain, he turns into a different person. Ahab and House are brilliant, arrogant, and excluded characters. Their obsessive personalities connect them. This article reveals that Doctor House has similar characteristics with another renowned character except Sherlock Holmes.

AHAB GÜNEŞ’E, HOUSE TANRI’YA KARŞI: AĞRISIZ HAYAT

Bu çalışma, engelli iki karakter, popüler House M.D. televizyon dizisinin ana karakteri Doktor House ve Moby Dick adlı romanın ana karakteri Ahab, tarafından paylaşılan benzerlikleri inceler. Moby Dick 19. yüzyılda yazılmasına rağmen hâlâ pek çok farklı açıdan çalışılabilir. Bu durum, onu insan psikolojisini daha iyi anlamamız noktasında değerli bir kaynak yapar. Bu bakımdan acı, takıntının kaynağı olarak düşünülebilir. Acı, bu iki karakteri kötümser, kibirli ve şüpheci insanlara dönüştüren ana sebep olarak ele alınır. House M.D. dizisi ve Moby Dick romanı tarafından paylaşılan temel benzerliklerden birisi “fantom ekstremite ağrısı” denilen tıbbi bir enigmadır. Bu tıbbi enigma insanların kaybettikleri uzuvlarında acı hissetmelerine neden olur; en sonunda gerçekte oldukları kişiyi etkiler ve değiştirir. Hem Ahab hem de House M.D. dizisindeki karakterlerden biri olan Murphy sarsıcı ampütasyonlardan beri fantom ekstremite ağrıları çekmektedir. Doktor House bu tür bir ağrı çekmezken uzvundaki kronik ağrı onun kişilik özelliklerini tekrar şekillendirir. Sonu gelmez acının olmadığı durumda bu karakterlerin tamamen farklı insanlar olma ihtimali vardır ki bu durumu Ahab’da görmesek de House’da görürüz. House acısının ortadan kalktığı bölümlerde farklı bir insana dönüşmüştür. Ahab ve House keskin zekâlı, kibirli ve dışlanmış karakterlerdir. Takıntılı kişilikleri onları birleştirir. Bu çalışma Doktor House’un birçok benzerlik gösterdiği ünlü karakter Sherlock Holmes dışında başka bir karakterle benzer özellikleri olduğunu ortaya koyar.

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