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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Ali criticises his tue way of life because hanof his opinion his father is “too implicated in Western civilization” Kureishi This article is about the short story. Languages Deutsch Edit links. Parvez’s wife is dressed in traditional Pakistani clothes, but she does not have her face veiled, Parvez speaks with his Pakistani accent and Minoo and Parvez speak Urdu, their native language, to each other.

Therefore, Minoo is a more complex figure in the film than in the text. Being the kureiwhi of an immigrant, a majority of his novels unravel the difficulties and challenges a huge amount of immigrants face in their new country, especially the difficulties involved in finding a place to belong. In the text and the film, Parvez is presented as a loving father who wants the best for his son. At the beginning, Farid seems ashamed of his father when he is taking the pictures of the Fingerhuts.

Even the name Ali is changed to Farid. Before his behaviour changes he was a very good student and had a lot of friends. He walks into Ali’s room and attacks his son who fannatic not show any kind of reaction to protect or defend himself.

A Muslim in the mosque tells Parvez that those boys, the group of boys which includes his own son, are not welcomed in the mosque because they always want to change the people’s opinion. Farid is presented in a more radical way in the film than in the short story. In the short story it is mentioned that Bettina and Parvez take “care for each other” Kureishi fanatid Farid is the religious fundamentalist sn Mr.


At home Parvez does not have a partner to communicate with.

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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. You may also see Mr. Bettina instructs Parvez on how he has to observe his son to find out if there is anything physically wrong with him. 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.

During the next kursishi Parvez tries to explain cautiously to his son what his ideas and attitudes towards life are. Later in the nightclub, Schitz also laughs at Parvez because of his Pakistani accent. He grew up in England in the kugeishi and s, being the son of a Pakistani immigrant and an English woman. 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.

“My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi

And it turns out that his son does not sell his things. In the car, Bettina starts to have a conversation with Ali, but as she tries to explain to Ali that his father loves him very much, Ali becomes angry and offends Bettina. Parvez is very enthusiastic and already plans his son’s wedding. 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 his belief that he will not accept anybody else.

Farid’s reaction shows that he knows what his father is looking for and therefore he stretches out his arm to show his veins. Ali offends his father, but does not do anything more.


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.

The order of events is changed and new events and characters are added. He just wants to state his view of things. Schitz is a godless libertine. This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat This statement underlines Parvez’s worries about his son. We do not learn that in the film.

Whereas at the nearly end of the film Farid and his friends attack the prostitutes violently.

While Parvez keeps his son under surveillance he follows him into the mosque. The father who leads a western life speaks English with a Pakistani accent whereas his son who is a fundamentalist speaks Standard English.

In the film this “sexual dimension” Moore- Gilbert Retrieved from ” https: Although Farid is in conflict with his father and not with Mr. Schitz as the contrast to Farid’s world. In the short story Ali shows his disgust for his father in the conversation they have when they are out for dinner. EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles with style issues from September All articles with style issues All articles that may contain original research Articles that may contain original research from December He comes from Germany, which has just been united again, to Great Britain and “represents the growing influence of Europe on Britain, in which a newly united Germany is the economic dynamo and, as such, a potentially oppressive force.

The short story opens with Parvez sitting in Ali’s room.