The source of the events that developed in Cemal Hurşid's novel named Sırtlan is the trouble of the provinces. The events in the novel take place during the First World War. In the first part of the novel, civil servants and traders coming from outside to an Anatolian town hold sedentary verbal entertainments in order to overcome the provincial troubles and expand their lives, indifferent to the events in the outside world. In the second part of the novel, a love that develops due to these entertainments is interrupted by a death when it is about to turn into a marriage. A loved one dies as a result of an illness. The lover, on the other hand, is deprived of ego/self energy in the real world, as he sends all his libido/life energy to the loved one. He cannot overcome the difficulties in life, he becomes weak in the face of this death, he cannot fight his grief. He cannot fill the void of the girl he loves with another object and occupation. For these reasons, he loses his reality principle to the extent that he goes to visit the grave of his loved one and kills his father-in-law. Again, those who come to this town from outside cannot spread their aesthetic pleasure and pleasure to more than one object and sense due to the limited living space in the town. They have to fill the lack and ontic void in aesthetic life with a single occupation, object or person. When this object or person is lost, they fall into the void because the void cannot be filled with another occupation, person or object. İn Cemal Hurşid's novel Sırtlan, both the cause of entertainment and the cause of disasters are rural distress. In fact, in the provincial town of the novel, pleasure and death are intertwined. Because even in the happiest moments of musical entertainment, what is expressed reflects grief and loss.