A Comparison Between The Tale of Asik Garip and Romeo and Juliet

Dilek I.

MILLI FOLKLOR, sa.87, ss.58-71, 2010 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 87
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Dergi Adı: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.58-71


This article is a study to compare and point out the similarities between The Tale of Asik Garip, a classic of Turkish folk literature, and Romeo and Juliet, a classical work of English literature. When the comparison between the works is done, story line technique, their motives and figurative structures have been evaluated, it has been concluded that there are many similarities between the works that are mentioned based on the comparison of the storyline of the works (excluding the conclusion parts) and the items mentioned above. These common features may open a way to feel that these two works are written with inspiration from the other. Nevertheless, the aim of this study is not the justification of this situation. On the contrary, the style and the methodology of this study indicate that common content can be studied in common wisdom with similar ways in the creation of literature even in different cultures and geographies. In both works, the sacrifices of men and women determine the case of love that is the starting point of the course of events. At the same time, the way of the perception of 'love' of the society that emerges despite differences compose the essence of the content. In fact, it is natural to observe some similarities in the study of love that has been a universal feeling from the mythic stages until today.