21.05.2017 Seyla Tanya Varer- 2005825
Soc 204- Literature Assignment
About “Hüyükteki Nar Ağacı” - Yaşar Kemal
The book was written in 1951 by Yaşar Kemal, who is known as one of the greatest novelists that knows the life conditions and local culture in the Çukurova region. “Hüyükteki Nar Ağacı” is focusing on effects of mechanization in agriculture on peasants’ life in the broader sense. But, while the indicators of the changing social body can be sensed in the narrative; exclusion, exploitation, victimization, and struggle of living of local people can be understood clearly. In the article of B. Akşit, there can be found parallel points with the novel. Akşit (1993) argues, with the modernization in the villages in 1950’s, the unevenness and inequality in land and power distribution in the villages has increased and he attributes that consequence to both commercialization of agriculture after II. World War investments on mechanization, and transformation of village households into commodity producers. In the novel, there are some families that own tractors with state supply and become commodity producers; that transformation leads to inequality among villagers.
One interesting point is, the idea of changing social body- on the basis of economically stronger agricultural production but impoverished villagers and worsening environmental conditions- is emphasizing through the imagery of changing and getting weaker bodies of people. All of them are experiencing