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Surreptitiously, the father began going into his son’s bedroom. Parvez would By Hanif Kureishi Ali asked him, “So who is the fanatic now?”. The main themes explored in the story “My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi are the conflict between generations, cultural differences, and identity. The writer’s. In this section, we will highlight the elements of our analysis of “My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi. The story mostly follows a linear plot structure, while.

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While Parvez keeps his son under surveillance he follows him into the mosque. He just wants to state rhe view of things. After this meeting, Parvez goes to his taxi to drive home.

During the next days Parvez tries to explain cautiously to his son what his ideas and attitudes towards life are. Farid’s, or Ali’s; new attitudes towards the world he has lived in since his birth lead to a very big conflict between him and his father. It is also mentioned in the text that Parvez can “talk to her about things he’d never be able to discuss with his own wife”. This shows that they are good friends and trust each other, but in the text there is no evidence that the prostitute Bettina and the taxi- driver Parvez have a love affair as in the film.

Schitz can be seen as a “comparison with Parvez, reminding the audience that there are different kinds of economic migrants, whose reception by the ‘host’ society varies according to the migrants national origin, class and ethnic identity. This article reads like a term paper and may require cleanup.

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Languages Deutsch Edit links. This article is about the short story. It was reprinted in Kureishi’s collection of short stories, Love in a Blue Time, and also as a supplement to some editions of The Black Album. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Parvez asks Ali to come in and drive with them.

The character of Schitz, the German entrepreneur who is present through nearly the entire film, is one of the kureisui complex characters of those added in the film. This accent is a feature the film uses to create cultural differences.


He walks into Ali’s room and attacks his son who does not show any kind of reaction to protect or defend himself. And it turns out that his son does not sell his things. The maulvi takes very much influence on Farid and helps him to become more fanatic. The short story creates at its opening a very calm atmosphere of an average father worrying about his son. A few days later while Parvez is driving in his taxi with Bettina he sees his son walking down the sidewalk.

You may also see Mr. And while Parvez was dreaming of a better life in Britain he did not realise that something had gone wrong with his son. However, when Ali begins throwing out valuable belongings and his friends starts avoiding him, Parvez gets seriously worried, and feels as if his son is ungrateful and that he himself has done something wrong as a father.

In the film Schitz jokes about Parvez when Parvez tells him that he always wanted to be in the cricket team of the company he worked for when he came to England.

The order of events is changed and new events and characters are added. Although Farid is in conflict with his father and not with Mr.

He grew up in England in the s and s, being the son of a Pakistani immigrant and an English woman. Parvez begins watching every movement Ali makes, but can not find that anything mmy physically wrong with his son.

There cannot be found any hints than the names that they are not a family of British origin. Finally he opens up to his colleagues who instantly believe that Ali has a drug problem and that he is selling his things to afford drugs, which later is revealed to be incorrect, seeing that he is giving his belongings away to charity.

For the film adaptation, see My Son the Fanatic film. Early in the story, Parvez is afraid of discussing his worries with his friends because his son has always been a kind of showpiece son. This degrading incident made him avoid all kinds mu religion, and he, as well has his colleagues, makes fun of people who believes.


But his shame initially looks like the usual kureisho teenagers sometimes have for their parents ffanatic not the disgust that Farid, and Ali, develops throughout the story. Later in the nightclub, Schitz also laughs at Parvez because of his Pakistani accent.

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The short story opens with Parvez sitting in Ali’s room. Farid trusts more the maulvi ideals of life than his fathers. He just gives them away. Afterwards he wants to escape from the car, but Bettina prevents him.

“My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi

But Ali still holds his father in contempt for not following the rules of the Qur’an. The film differs significantly from the short story. He believes that his son is finally growing out of his teenage attitude and taking more responsibility. Farid is the religious fundamentalist and Mr. Schitz and does not even know him, these two characters represent the two conflicting ways of life. He always was “aware of the pitfalls that other men’s sons had stumbled to in England. At the beginning, Farid seems ashamed of his father when he is taking the pictures of the Fingerhuts.

It was well written and informative, though the language was a bit difficult at times. He is afraid that his son will be ill-treated by people who does not accept his belief and that he will get his life destroyed because he becomes to caught up in haif belief that he will not accept anybody else.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There Parvez is confronted with the fact that his son is not just becoming religious. Farid’s reaction shows that he knows what his father is looking for and therefore he stretches out his arm to show his veins. Views Read Edit View history.

The short story says that Parvez and Ali once “were brothers”. In the short story it is mentioned that Bettina and Parvez take “care for each other” Kureishi He even grows fannatic beard to please Ali.