The aim of this paper is to indicate similarities and differences of two works. I choose
these two novels because both Gürpınar and Thackeray were in the same century. And
both of them use characters who has similar features, and aims about life. Moreover, they
tried to show similar aspects of their ages; such as Money passion class distinctions. Besides,
they added humorous elements to their works.
Key Words : Class distinction, wrong Westernization, corruption of morality, thirst for
Hüseyin Rahmi GÜRPINAR
He was born in İstanbul in 1864. He went Primary school in Crete because of his
mother’s death and then he started Mahmudiye Rüştiyesi (secondary school ) in İstanbul.
Gürpınar entered Mülkiye Mektebi in 1880. He left from there because of his acute disease.
He worked in Ministry of Judicial and Ministry of Public works. After 1908, he made his
living by his pen. With Şık which was the first work of him, he was known and started to
write in Tercüman_i Hakikat journal. And then, he worked as a translator in İkdam and Sabah
journal. He published almost sixty novel and story. Hüseyin Rahmi narrated lifes, beliefs and
differences of his age’s people.
Especially, he presented social problems, superstitions and the effects of wrong
Westernization in society. Hüseyin Rahmi believes that the role of literature is to teach people
lessons and he uses humour in his novels to fulfill his understanding of the function of
literature, and he reflected these thoughts his all works.
William Makepeace THACKERAY
Thackeray was born in India in 1811. After death of his father, his mother remarried
and William was sent to England where he would deal with the harsh realities of isolation at
Charter House. Then he went