In the story, Memed, My Hawk, the title character, Memed lives in the village of Deyirmenoluk. The village has been under the tyranny Agha Abdi. When Memed is older he is able to run away and make it to the village of Kesme, far away from Abdi's influence. He stays with the Suleyman for a long while but begins to feel guilty when he realizes that his mother will not be able to bring in crops on her own. He goes back and is captured. Things do not turn out as he had planned and both he and his mother almost starve to death because Abdi, in retribution, takes an extra amount of the crop as a punishment to Memed.
This evidences the fact that Memed is a hero. Risking his own happiness and safety, he allows himself to endure horrible circumstances for the sake of someone else.
"'Woman-hearted Memed! See all the villagers staring at you. ...Will you bring Abdi on us again?'" Chap. 38, p. 367