The grand mission of a novel is to explain the relationship among people. The historical novel is a literary type that takes its plot from a certain time in history, chooses real heroic people who lived in history, or real / imaginary characters around them, and intertwines reality and fiction. Although a historical novel is written in the framework of history, its deep layers are twined with universal human realities. Taking its theme from the foundation years of Ottoman Empire, Osmancık is a historical novel that describes Osmancık’s spiritual change and transformation process in an impressionistic style. The novel narratesthe changing destiny of a nation underOsmancık’s leadership. This change is explained with the model of ‘triangular desire’. In this study, in addition to the analysis of structural elements of the novel Osmancık, the changes in the characters of the personae, particularly the protagonist, are focused upon and the symbolical dimension of the novel is interpreted.
Key Words: Triangular Desire, Character Development, Symbolic Interpretation