Pirselimoğlu’s Omega Males: Mimetic Ressentimentand Unmediated Desire
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April , 2021
Primary Language tr
Subjects Art
Journal Section Features

Orcid: 0000-0001-6473-3543
Author: Mehmet SARI (Primary Author)
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey

Dates Publication Date : March 30, 2021

This study analyzes the male characters in director Tayfun Pirselimoğlu’s films Pus (2009), Saç (2010), and Ben O Değilim (2013) within the framework of René Girard’s mimetic theory, which is based on the origins and the functioning of human desire. The common feature of the films is that the main characters are ‘omega males’ nestled at the bottom of the socio-economic structure and placed in the position of victim in terms of both economics and interpersonal relations. This study examines the mood states of Pirselimoğlu’s omega males within the framework of ressentiment in Girard’s mimetic theory and conducts a textual analysis that pairs this Girardian approach with a gender perspective. It argues that Pirselimoğlu’s male characters experience the loss of masculinity and are full of ressentiment toward life; they desire to get rid of the feeling of impotence by transforming into other men, and they form their identity through the emotion of ressentiment.

Mimesis, mimetic theory, ressentiment, René Girard, omega male