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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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 video tapes and therefore it is fair to believe that it must be some time ago, seeing that tapes is not that common nowadays. Ali criticises his father’s way of life because in his opinion his father is “too implicated in Western civilization” Kureishi He changes to a fundamentalist. In the short story Ali shows his disgust for his father in the conversation they have when they are out for dinner.

During the next days Parvez tries to explain cautiously to his son what his ideas and attitudes towards life are. They throw Molotov cocktails into the prostitutes’ house and Farid spits at Bettina. After this meeting, Parvez goes to his taxi to drive home.

Parvez feels he has lost his son and wants to tell him to leave the house. Schitz embodies everything that Farid hates about the Western World. The maulvi don very much influence on Farid and helps him to become more fanatic.


Since Parvez has defended Bettina from a client who had attacked her, they take care of each other. In the short story it is mentioned that Bettina and Parvez take “care for each other” Kureishi It is also suggested that the neighbourhood where the main characters live, is home to a lot of immigrants, seeing that the father mainly works with people from kurishi own country.

The main thing they talk about is Parvez’s job. She leaves the car when it is still moving and runs sson. The character of Schitz, the German entrepreneur who is present through nearly the entire film, is one of the more complex characters of those added in the film.

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By using this site, you agree hnaif the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Parvez is very enthusiastic and already plans his son’s wedding. Their relationship is close, and they feel as if they can tell each other everything. Parvez notices that Ali prays five times a day, although he had not been brought up to be religious.

This shows that they are good friends and trust each other, but in sn text there is no evidence that the prostitute Bettina and the taxi- driver Parvez have a love affair as in the film. Later in the nightclub, Schitz also laughs at Parvez because of his Pakistani accent. Ali tells his father that he is mg to give up his studies because, from his point of view, “Western education cultivates an anti-religious attitude”. That is the reason for him to work “long hours” Kureishi It was well written and informative, eon the language was a bit difficult at times.


Therefore, Minoo is a more complex figure in the film than in the text. A few days later while Parvez is driving in his taxi with Bettina he sees his son walking down the sidewalk. Schitz is a godless libertine.

“My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi

But his shame initially looks like the usual embarrassment teenagers sometimes have for their fanattic and not the disgust that Farid, and Ali, develops throughout the story. 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.

He walks into Ali’s room and attacks his son who does not show any kind of reaction to protect or defend himself. Parvez worries because Ali’s behaviour has changed significantly. He shortly after finds out that Ali has become interested and hhanif by the religion Islam, and that he spends all his time praying or going to the mosque.

The film differs significantly from the short story. Initially, Ali refuses this invitation, but later he accepts it. 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. His wife, Minoo, who is rarely mentioned and not named in the short story, is always doing work and doesn’t talk much with her husband.