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Book Memed My Hawk and The Leopard Author Yashar Kemal Memed My Hawk and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa The Leopard Text The novels The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and Memed My Hawk by Yashar Kemal both involve back stories of power changes that is changes to the class systems Yet each novel is told from a different point of view - The Leopard from that of the displaced upper-class aristocracy in southern Italy between 1860 and 1880 and Memed My Hawk from the view point of the Turkish peasantserf fighting for his rights The central romantic love relationships of the two novels powerfully reflect this Di Lampedusas novel contains a practical relationship that between Angelica and Tancredi which will bring status to her and money to him By contrast Kemals novel features true love between two devoted partners where relationship is in total opposition to all such practical considerations In the central scene of romance in The Leopard di Lampedusa writes Tancredi did not realize or he realized perfectly well that he was drawing the girl into the hidden centre of the sensual cyclone The Leopard p 107 and this is nearly all that holds the couple together We learn later that Prince Fabrizio Tancredis uncle and surrogate father had always known that Tancredi would go hunting for a rich marriage as a predatory adventure The Leopard p 169 as a bankrupted aristocrat he had to induce this beautiful rich girl as to assure his own status Angelica for her part is after Tancredis title and the social doors it can open The exact opposite situation occurs with Memed and Hatcheacute Kemal makes it plain that they have been destined for each other since childhood for their fates are intertwined Yet both of their lives are controlled by their feudal landlord Abdi Agha who wants Hatcheacute as a bride for his callow nephew Veli When Memed finally elopes with Hatcheacute
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