Aesthetic or Reality?

Botox. Breast implants. Permanent makeup. We alter our natural bodies to look more youthful, to adapt to society’s idea of beauty. In Ahmed Khaled Towfik’s Utopia, the character’s of the land of Utopia mock and mimic the aesthetic of real life people outside the land of Utopia, the others. The narrator describes the way he dresses in the morning, putting in his white pupil contact lenses, and exaggerating an open wound on his forehead with makeup but not so much to look totally disgusting.

When the Utopians get to the land of the Others, the narrator sees the man with the cataract and the scar and we see that they are all completely artificial. This makes us ask ourselves, how much of us are truly natural?



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