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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In the film it is shown how Parvez checks Farid’s temperature. After having a short conversation, they come to the conclusion that his son might be addicted to drugs and that he sells his things to earn money to buy drugs.

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She develops from the loving mother which she is in the opening scene to the “servant in her own home after the deric’s arrival, even being required to eat apart from her husband.

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. The short story says that Parvez and Ali once “were brothers”. Farid is the religious fundamentalist and Mr.

He even grows a beard to please Ali. He just gives them away. After a conversation with his friends and with Bettina Parvez worries about his son taking drugs. He likes to spend his money and to look down on people of other social classes as he does in the case of Parvez.

For the film adaptation, see My Son the Fanatic 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. During the next days Parvez tries to explain cautiously to his son what his ideas and attitudes towards life are.

This article reads like a term paper and may require cleanup. Schitz embodies everything that Farid hates about the Western World. In the short story it is mentioned that Bettina and Parvez take “care for each other” Kureishi 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”.


Farid trusts more the maulvi ideals of life than his fathers. He changes to a fundamentalist. He believes that his son is finally growing out of his teenage attitude and taking more responsibility. His exact age is not determined, but he is entitled a teenager on several occasions and he did have an English girlfriend. Parvez notices that Ali prays five times a day, although he had not been brought up to be religious. Ali tells his father that he is going to give up his studies because, from his point of view, “Western education cultivates an anti-religious attitude”.

“My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi

That is the reason for him to work “long hours” Kureishi The short story was also adapted into a film of the same title. Therefore, Minoo is a more complex figure in the film than in the text. Although Farid is in conflict with his father and not with Mr. Ali develops a sharp tongue and his friends pull away from him, something which he does not seem to mind. Whereas in the film, it is obvious from the beginning Parvez’s family has emigrated to Britain.

Another important invention of the film is the change of the relationship between Parvez and Bettina. 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 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.

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I, personally, like the short-story. However, after a few days of observations Parvez decides that his son appears totally healthy. Schitz and does not even know him, these two characters represent the two xon ways of life.


Spn is an immigrant, who has lived in England for at least 20 years, given that this is the period of time he has worked has a taxi-driver there. Parvez asks Ali to come in and drive kureisyi them. In the text and the film, Parvez is presented as a loving father who wants the best for his son.

The short story opens with Parvez sitting in Ali’s room. This article is about the short story. The film differs significantly from the short story. While Parvez keeps his son under surveillance he follows him into the mosque. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The maulvi takes very much influence on Farid and helps him to become more fanatic.

Then the reader learns that Ali had an “English girlfriend from whom he has parted. Schitz can be seen as a “comparison with Kkureishi, 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. Being the son of an immigrant, a majority of his novels unravel the difficulties and challenges a huge amount of immigrants face in their new kureushi, especially the difficulties involved in finding a place to belong.

When Parvez stops hitting him, Ali asks his father: 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 film this “sexual dimension” Moore- Gilbert In the short story Ali shows his disgust for his father in the conversation they have when they are out for dinner.

Schitz as the contrast to Farid’s world. Back at home Parvez drinks a lot of alcohol because he is furious at his son.