Beroj Haşim

Challenging assimilation and determining Kurdish identity Throughout the modern Kurdish history, it can easily been seen that Kurds had long been oppressed by their enemies, whether Turks, Arabs or Persians. However, the majority of Kurdish people live in western Turkey, which now has become a part of Turkish country. The Kurdish who lived there faced racial discrimination, as they were prevented to speak their own language, this ongoing oppression forced the Kurds to be immerged into the oppressing Turkish culture, and they unconsciously have embraced their values, customs and traditions without being aware that their identity has been distorted or replaced by a Turkish one. Ostensibly, the effect of the yoke of racism could sometimes be eradicated, when a person realizes his origins, among these intellectuals is the Kurdish dramatist Mirza Matin. He was born in 1980 in Qaras and received his education in Istanbul university. At the age of seventeen he mastered Kurdish language, and excreted his efforts to write in Kurdish too. The prolific writer has twelve plays. The characters he brings forth in his dramatic works are mythical, ghostly-like figures. They narrate folk tales, tell jokes, sing songs, and recount their personal experiences. The revival of the Kurdish culture is seen in his play “Gor“, “The Grave“. The play is about a number of people who are waiting until their bodies become decayed, before they die, each one of them tells his personal stories when they were alive, some of them want to return back to their life on earth to fix the mistakes they have made, so when they realize that there is no point of lamenting to be back to the earth and live happily again, they accept the fact of being dead, even without having a flicker of hope to live somewhere else. The playwright`s view on human existence, sorrow, joy, regret and death are clear while each characters speaks of their personal predicament.

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