Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil is an important item, who carries the sensitivities of the Servet-i Fünûn period, reveals the inner world and moods of the individual rather than social life. The author, who is known for his novelist identity; works in different genres such as stories, prose poems, and memoirs. In the stories he gives place to the heroes who face their own body, self values and the outside world. He emphasizes the existence of the individual who wants to realize being himself. It is clear that the existence of the individual draws attention in his texts, self-seeking and self-return has been questioned as an ontological problem. In this context, the story of Mâi Yalı is remarkable. It gets the story of a ship captain confronting himself, who thinks his time is wasted for twenty years. This story, which deals with the return of the individual to himself with the form of existential questioning, is important in terms of revealing internal conflict. The aim of the article is to find out how Halit Ziya reveals the individual’s inner conflict in the story of Mâi Yalı and how he handles the return of the individual to himself.