Toto (also referred to as Toto) is a fictional character who appears in the books of Rumi. The name Toto is derived from the Yiddish word, to which the name “Totos” is derived. In Swahili, the word “toto” is used to refer to a boy child.
Toto is the title character in a series of children’s books written by the Kenyan authorikati Karamet Njoka. (Njoka is a former Kenyan president). In later years, Toto received starring roles in Hollywood movies and a stage play. It was through the efforts of Njoka that Toto became associated with a type of mysticism and became a beloved character in the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Edith Grossman in their play, Tin Man.
The fictional character Toto first appears in the book, The Search for the Tin Man. Here, Toto is an orphan whose father has died leaving him as a substitute father to two young daughters. He lives with his two daughters in a shack in the Kalahari desert where he raises them alongside his adult daughter, Dorothy. Although Toto appears initially as a loner, slowly he becomes a friendly presence in their lives until the two girls decide to make him their foster father and adopt him as one of their own.
After some time, Toto gets to know the daughters and develops a fondness for them. In later books, Toto appears as the adoptive father to several other characters including Minh, a girl who becomes his lover; Zubein, who is his clerk and later becomes his wife; and finally, Dorothy who becomes his cousin and later his lover. From these early appearances, it is clear that Toto’s character changes over the course of the novel as the characters learn more about each other. This is further highlighted in the last book, where he spends much of the book hiding from his wife and children, which give us a glimpse of how he deals with his loneliness.
In later years, Toto was portrayed by Russell Brand in a biopic about him, called A History of the World’s Children. Although the biopic was largely fictional, the film took some movie making elements from the novel to create a more accurate portrayal of the character. Similarly, Michael Moore did a movie about Toto, called Last Days of Childhood, and Oprah Winfrey guest starred in an episode of her show, Living the Dream, where she played the role of Toto. It was also mentioned on numerous occasions that Toto is a homage to the real lifeboat pilot W.C. Meriwether, who is said to have lost his life trying to save five men from the sea (it is supposed that they were pirates after all, but what I am certain of is that they were passengers on the legendary “Sally Cruise”).
As this era dawns and modernity sets in, Toto continues to be depicted as a hero and mentor to young boys. As the years go by, his character grows more complex and his relationships with others and with the various roles they play become more poignant. Some of the characters are shown to have conflicting loyalties; for instance, between Shusui (his friend) and Murao (her rival). Also, there were different takes on Shusui and Murao and some of them were rivals who aided each other in fighting against evil. Some of the themes that were explored in earlier works of Toto were expanded and incorporated into later works, most notably in the works of Kazuoaki Koike, who created Samurai 7. The original Japanese version of Samurai 7 was published in 1917 and was followed by an English version that stayed faithful to the original tale.