The Characters and Themes of Here-There: A 3 Part, True-Fiction, Series

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Understanding this post requires first, that you read all three parts of the miniseries:

Here-There Part 1: A Science Fiction Experiment 

Here-There Part 2: A New Beginning (Extended Cut)

Here-There Part 3: The Death of the Otherman

Here-There, as the title of Part 1 (A Science Fiction Experiment) clearly evidences, started out as an experiment of sorts. I had not written any prose the whole of 2017 and was at a point where any interest to, was really non-existent.

I have found, my mind finds ways to let out when I’m going through certain emotions, especially when I don’t fully understand the depth of what I’m going through. What am I saying? Writing provides an avenue to access my psyche. It’s incredible, how often I have read over something I literally just wrote and been shocked by how naked it made me feel. Here-There started out as me wanting to write something different, choosing to name the protagonist after myself was even more spontaneous than the story itself. I wanted to write something outside of a “proper-reality”, and yet the very first paragraph was a narrative of an event that had occurred barely some 3 hours before I sat down.

In the end, while going through the mess I’d spewed out, I realized what my brain was telling me, and basically said, “Hey brain, I like what you did there, lets collaborate better on this one. Lets talk about everything you want to talk about”, and that became the goal. It’s all a bit ironic really, that I wrote a story about a boy, with my name, who literally talks to his psyche, right after a conversation with mine. Would you believe me if I told you, I only just realized this now?

Without further ado, lets start talking!

The Plot:

Here-There is a story about a boy who finds himself bouncing off of two worlds, one real, the other, a creation of his own imagination.Afraid he will completely lose his sanity to the dark confines of his sub-conscious, he learns that to find his way back into what is real, he must first fight his innermost demons, and take control of his own belligerent mind.

The Characters

Deril Alero

Deri Alero in the series, stands as a metaphor for addiction. In the beginning Somuah tries to run from her, but she is large and all encompassing, she lifts him to her face and he is forced to confront her head on for the first time.

Later we find Somuah in a valiant effort, determined to stab her out. He literally rises above her, squashing her underneath the soles of his feet. We find out that Deril is an actual person, who Somuah has had some sort of a relationship with before. Jaffah mentions that she is a prostitute and a satanist, the lines connect, we find out that Deril is a haunting secret exaggerated by Somuah’s sub-conscious. In Part 3, at a point where Somuah is described as having complete power and control over his mind, we find him embracing her at the shores of a beach. She is Somuah’s height now and they share an intimate moment. The imagery of Somuah embracing her at the shores of the beach is a representation of being at peace with your demons. She is the final puzzle piece, of the peace, Somuah finds with himself.

Dr. Ankapong 

Dr Ankapong is a metaphor for uncertainty. He does not know what he really wants. First, he seems motivated by passion, then seemingly ambition, until it all caves in to the uncertainty of whether he is going about his dreams the right way or not. He is a representation of the frustration in not knowing what the future holds. In the end, the doctor only wants to be successful, the only problem is, he has no idea how.

General Jaffah

General Jaffah is a metaphor on life – responsibility. He commands the doctor into acting, his only focus being what needs to be done to achieve what must be achieved.

Abredu

Abredu is a representation of the subconscious. He also in the series acts as a slight play on mortal man. Controlled by a force he does not understand, an existence he does not understand, he has many questions but is for some reason unable to ask. In the narrative, he calls this a taunt by his creator. Abredu is a metaphor, like Dr. Ankapong, for the frustration of not knowing. He, like all the other characters has the best interest of Somuah in mind, although often wondering why. At the end of the series, the name he chooses for himself represents the peace Somuah finds: Abredu, meaning “a tired finish/you have toiled to reach/ you have finally found rest.

Fun Fact: I was born Kofi Somuah Akuamoah Abredu Komfo. Alvin Akuamoah is my pen name.

Festus

The security man appears only once in the entire series. He, like Abredu and the Doctor represents curiosity and how even in the face of danger, the thirst to know, to understand, burns brighter still.

Sampson:

His character emphasises the risk of curiosity

Blowjob Ako and Boatey

The two represent lust and sexual fantasies. It is symbolic that Festus describes his exploits with them as having occurred inside of a closet – A skeleton in a closet.

Mr and Mrs. Somuah 

They represent parents, completely lost/ clueless about their children: the air they breathe the dreams they dream, only concerned with a selfish love easily mistaken for selfless. They beg the question of whether we ever stop belonging to our parents.

Zack

The character is the first outside the protagonist that we meet. He stands as a metaphor for masculinity/ male relationships, and their call for a particular mode of conduct. In the beginning of the series, Somuah ponders on the obligation to make pleasantries, and shake hands, not because he wants to, but because he is male. Again, Zack provides the only real evidence that Somuahs’ introverted behavior  is fairly recent.

Somuah

Somuah is an embodiment of everything every other character represents. A symbol of my naked assessments of my own self. He stands as a metaphor for growth, solitude, self-interest, self-love and selfishness. Again, he acts as a ploy for commentary on the imagination of a writer, beautiful and empowering and yet, capable of soliciting negative emotions, of worthlessness, self-hate, depression.

Somuah gets stronger as the series progresses, defeating at least 3 insecurities, although this is arguable. He kills them off in his head, (unknowingly doing so in the real world as well), instead of confronting them head on as he is (in the real world). In the end, we find out they never really go away – they never leave his head, only, he can now will them into being more submissive with his “powers”, powers he does not know he holds in the real world as well.

Perhaps this is why he opts to live inside of his head, where everything is controlled and follows a structure ultimately defined by himself. In the hospital when confronted by Sampson, he indicates that he has figured out a way back into the real world, but ultimately opts out of staying, choosing instead to exist inside his own head – choosing what would be an easier life over his “friends” and family.

The Settings

The Asylum

A symbol of how often, we have to reach into the darkest places to come out new

The Beach 

Like the name Abredu, it represents peace and respite. It is here that we find out Somuah now has full control over his power. Unlike in part 1 when it flickered and gave way to empty alleys and a cemetery, it remains, permanently.

The Empty Alley

A representation of a new start. In Part 2, it is the road that leads to Somuah’s first interaction with himself and consequently, his training to become more than he is.

The Road/Children Playing

Symbolic of Somuah’s past. The children represent an innocence forgotten. As he passes them by, the children notice the patch behind Somuah, revealing his rear end, the persons we all really are before we learn what society expects us to be. Like the beach, it gives way to darker settings (the cemetery)

The Cemetery

In the last narrative of Part 3, Abredu reveals that even in the beginning, Somuah was in control of choosing where they have their conversation. Somuah chose the graveyard. This as the ultimate show of the frugality of life. In light of Somuah’s final decision to never return, perhaps it offers no surprise.

The Pictures

Picture 1 (Kevin Williams – Still Standing) – The power man wields inside of his own hands

Picture 2 (Kevin Williams – God is in Me) – Somuah travels to the insides of his mind. A space where he takes up the role of God.He is a god inside of himself, yet blind to the power he possesses.

Picture 3 (James Northcote – Tiger Hunting) – Two twin tigers, Somuah and Abredu, the boy and his mind. One tiger rises to defend the other from a poacher – the mind (imagination) defends Somuah from the pains of his actual existence – Imagination as an escape.

wow, I am so tired. There you have it guys. I should probably add that, I wanted this story to represent me in every way imaginable, hence all the themes being so “meish”. Its 4:49 am, I’m going to sleep now.

 

 

Art Credit: Kevin Williams- Unlock the Mental Chain

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