When looking at the creation of a book, there is much thought that goes into the setting, the plot, as well as the characters. In the book, Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Towfik, there is a specific set of characters that require much thought for the readers. As the reader delves into the book, we come across two characters, one from a world of animalistic culture, while the other comes from a world of the prey.
The book opens up with the writings of the Narrator. In the first few pages, the reader is able to see the sort of morals that this person lives by. We are able to understand that the Narrator acts with animalistic and primitive behaviors. The Narrator speaks about his sort sexual fantasies in which he overpowers women in a manner that is similar to rape. In fact, in the majority of his writings, we can see that a lot of his actions are inspired by the yearning to appear more manly. His aesthetic is similar to the twenty-first-century idea of a “bad boy”. With all of the “scars” and colored hair, we get an idea of who this person is fairly quickly.
Next, the reader gets to meet the character, Gaber. This person, in contrast, seems like a likable person. Solely in the way that he seems to describe women, he has many recounts, that feature women in fond memories. Different to the Narrator, Gaber is a person who is afraid to die. He has the soul that yearns to live while the Narrator seems fearless when meeting death. While there is one sickening similarity when there comes a time with somewhat rape-like idea crossing Gaber’s mind.
This begs the question, how has the author chosen between these two completely contrasting characters. Is it to highlight the differing features that one character has compared to the other? Is it to expose the two separate universes that this book contains?
Is it to highlight the differing features that one character has compared to the other? Is it to expose the two separate universes that this book contains? Why has the author chosen these two characters of all the possible creations?