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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He just wants to state his view of things. 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. We do not learn that in the film. 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. Parvez decides to invite his son to dinner to talk to him about his recent behaviour.

The short-story focuses on the relationship between Pervez and Ali, a relationship which slowly, but most certainly, decline and is broken down bit by bit.

For the film adaptation, see My Son the Fanatic film. The short story was also adapted into a film of the same title. The father who leads a western life speaks English with a Pakistani accent whereas his son who is a fundamentalist speaks Standard English.

You may also see Mr. The plot surely did not take place so long ago, because of the use of video games and computers, but then again, they do use skn tapes and therefore it is fair to believe that it must be some time ago, seeing that tapes is not that common nowadays. This violence may be seen as an influence the maulvi took on them because he is added in the film and does not exist in the short story where an hqnif like that does not happen.


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. In the text and the film, Parvez is presented as a loving father who wants the best for his son.

His exact age is not determined, but he is entitled a teenager on several occasions and he did have an English girlfriend. There cannot be found any hints than the names that they are not a family of British origin.

In the film this “sexual dimension” Moore- Gilbert But Ali still holds his father in contempt for not following the rules of the Qur’an.

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However, when Kuerishi 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. I, personally, like the short-story.

Ali offends his father, but does not do anything more. The order of events is changed and new events and characters are added.

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Parvez feels he has lost his son and wants to tell him to leave the house. Even the name Ali is changed to Farid. This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat In the short story Ali shows his disgust for his father in the conversation they have when they are out for dinner.


Parvez notices that Ali prays five times a day, although he had not been brought up to be religious. The new characters in the film are “the maulvi from Lahore, Fizzie and Herr Schitz. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. When Parvez stops hitting him, Fanqtic asks his father: Their relationship is close, and they feel as if they can tell each other everything.

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While Parvez feels relived, he can not ghe feeling frustrated and afraid at the same time. That is the reason for him to work “long hours” Kureishi Back at home Parvez drinks a lot of alcohol because he is furious at his son.

He believes that his son is finally growing out of his teenage attitude and taking more responsibility. He always was “aware of the pitfalls that other men’s sons had stumbled to in England.

Parvez asks Ali to come in and drive with them. In the film it is shown how Parvez checks Farid’s temperature.

“My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi

This article is about the short story. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This statement underlines Parvez’s worries about his son. But his shame initially looks like the usual embarrassment teenagers sometimes have for their parents and not the disgust that Farid, and Ali, develops throughout the story. Although Farid is in conflict with his father and kureidhi with Mr.

In the short story it is mentioned that Bettina and Parvez take “care for each other” Kureishi