Burhan Cahit Morkaya is the subject of modern family life, which appeared in the early years of the Republic in his 1937 novel “The Way of Lovers”. It gives details of the luxurious life in Istanbul through the relationships of wealthy families who are well-known in the business world. The author, who deals with the relationships between men and women in the family institution, develops a masculine discourse and makes a critique of women in the early parts of the novel. A woman's passive status and active role in life to get rid of an individual status passes through the male criticism begins to come forward. The author who takes a positive attitude towards women while explaining the situations for the solution of the problematic in the relations between men and women, makes evaluations that coincide with the social structure of the period. The author addresses many issues with examples of the lives that people who are bored of their roles in the family want to lead, and takes the lives of Nermin Hanım, one of the favorite names of Istanbul society, and Ahmet Melih Bey, an acorn merchant. Morkaya draws an image of a social and individual woman while revealing society's perspective on marriage, divorce and women. In this study, the criticism of women based on the examples of male and female relationships will be examined in terms of feminist criticism theory. In this way, through the analysis of the novel heroes, critical ideas about the perception of individual women as well as the social ones will be introduced throughout the novel.
Burhan Cahit Morkaya, The Way of Lovers, feminist criticism