"My Son the Fanatic" is a short story by Hanif Kureishi about a teenage boy, Ali and his father, Parvez who are immigrants of Pakistan now living in England. The underlying theme is the struggle they face in a new society. There is a sharp contrast in the way Parvez and his son Ali deal with the sense of belonging and being a part of society. With all the compromises and losses Parvez suffers in his migration; he appears to take them as a part of his experience and adventure of life; to him it seems to be worth the price. On the other hand, his son Ali seems to have considerable anger and is not happy with his new lifestyle. Ali focuses his thoughts on the Koran, a Muslim form of belief that denies him the pleasure of society in which he lives. His past life, being devoted to this pleasure, is now spent in abstinence. Kureishi shows how living in a new society can cause one to lose fundamental family values and disrupt family happiness.Parvez is static and also the central character. His attitude throughout the story lead to his loss of control and also suggests he does not change. Parvez does not realize his son has been concentrating on the Koran is actually trying to become a better person. Instead, Parvez focuses on Ali's unhappiness and anger towards his him and assumes there is something wrong with Ali. Parvez becomes so focused on his son's actions he chooses to ignore his own. On one occasion, Parvez expresses a loss of interest in original values when Ali sarcastically asks his father how much he enjoys the "pork pies", even though pork is unaccepted in their religion (696). In addition, Parvez disrespects his wife by ordering her to cook the pork. "You're not in the village now, this is England. We have to fit in!" (697). This statement suggests how he attempts to persuade his family to change their values only because of his personal interests. Ali also mentions his father has broken many other rules of the Koran since they moved to England.
...Who is the Fanatic now?
MySon the Fanatic is a short story written by Hanif Kureishi. The story is about a person called Parvez who have migrated to England with his son Ali. Myson the Fanatic was published in 1997. In the story we are following Parvez where we are introduced to a worker class area with taxi drivers and a prostitute called Bettina. The story occupies with genres such as drama, religion, father and son relationship and adaption.
The main character Parvez is a long time working taxi driver living in England. He is living in England with his son Ali who is taking an education as accountant. Parvez is proud of his son and is always speaking nice about him in front of the other taxi drivers. Parvez is enjoying living in England. He has already set his future plans for his son about getting a nice job, marry a girl and start a family.
Parvez is not a real Muslim. He eats pork, which is forbidden in the Koran. He is speaking well with a prostitute called Bettina, he likes to drink, and he doesn’t have a beard. Parvez is a Punjabis like most of the other taxi drivers. Parvez prefer to work at night just to avoid his wife, and because the money is much better.
It means a lot for Parvez that his son Ali gets a good future and that’s why he helps him buying all the stuff for his...
...Myson the fanatic
The generation gap is a dilemma which frequently occurs among immigrants, and in his short story Myson the fanatic, Hanif Kureishi brings up the issue concerned. Kureishi introduces us to a father, who’s alarmed and puzzled by his sons’ strange behavior, which proves out to be against his own values. During this, Kureishi touches on the topics fanaticism and religion, and how these can change ones behavior towards ones family. Kureishi also focuses on how people relate to their roots.
The main character in the story is Parvez, who’s a good example of an immigrant being well-integrated. He emigrated from Pakistan, where he was taught the Koran. He underwent indignity during this, and subsequently he avoided all religion; he even prefers jokes to rules. Even though he has a wife and a son, he spends most of his time “living a boy’s life” with his fellow taxi drivers; playing card and avoiding their wives. The narration of the story is 3rd person narrative and is therefore limited, but we see the conflict from Parvez’s point of view, which engenders surprises. “Parvez sprang across the hall and set his ear at Ali’s door. A muttering sound came from within (…) The boy was praying.”(l. 130-134)
Besides eating bacon and playing cards, another example of Parvez not being very Muslim is that he knows a prostitute, Bettina. Together they have...
...Myson the fanatic
Growing up with teenage attitudes and not having a role model around can make it difficult to be loved. The short story “Myson the fanatic”, by Hanif Kureishi is set in 1997 in England. Ali has no one to look up to – He starts as an attentive scholar who got straight A’s, but turns into a dedicated Muslim, which gives Ali the opportunity to find it in his religion.
We get to know Parvez, who is a Pakistani immigrant in England. He had an indignant experience with Islam back in the days when he lived in Pakistan, but is no longer convinced about it and believes it’s bad – “This is England, we have to fit in… p. 197.” He has been a taxi-driver for twenty years and been working for the same firm. He lives with his wife and son Ali, who’s been acting strange lately. Parvez wants to know what he is doing wrong, and why Ali had given up sports. In the beginning Parvez thinks Ali is doing drugs, without finding any evidence. He wants his son to get a good education, marry the right girl and start a family. He doesn’t tell his wife about the drugs, but instead goes to Bettina the prostitute he had known for three years. She’s a prostitute who Parvez talks to about his life at nights while he is at work. He trusts her and confesses things he’d never been able to discuss with his own wife. He also seems to like her more than a friend and...
...Myson the fanatic
“Myson the fanatic” is written by Hanif Kureishi, he was born in 1954. He has written many short stories and he has often written about the subjects: race, nationalism and immigration. “Myson the fanatic” is written in 1997.
“Myson the Fanatic” is about the father Parvez who can’t understand hisson Ali. Ali had a girlfriend, plenty of friends, was great in school and Parvez was very proud and happy with Ali and his choices and activities. But suddenly Ali starts throwing things out, breaks up with his girlfriend and behaves so different from what he used to. Parvez doesn’t understand what’s going on and wants to know. Parvez starts wondering if Ali is taking drugs and spying on him. At last Parvez gets aware that Ali has become extremely religious and lives his life as the Koran tells him and will not live in other ways. Parvez can’t take Ali´s reproach and indignity attitude and his fanatic way to see things. Ali keep censuring Parvez and Parvez gets more and more distressed about Ali´s contempt, that he gives up on him and loses all the control. So in the end of the story Parvez beats up Ali and shows that he is a fanatic himself.
Parvez is convinced that Ali is in wrong turn, and doesn’t question his own judgment. He is desperate in his...
...at the same time as embracing others’.
In his short story “MySon the Fanatic”, Hanif Kureishi treats the drawbacks of immigrating while bringing it together with more universal matters such as growing up. We are introduced to the Pakistani protagonist Parvez, who once migrated from his native country. He now lives in England with his wife and their son, Ali, who hasn’t been brought up very religiously in spite of them being Muslims. This is presumably related to some unpleasant happenings that Parvez has experienced while learning the Koran during his childhood, and since that, he has “avoided all religions”. Therefore, Parvez and his son behave, more or less, like ordinary Englishmen – nonetheless when looking on the surface. Ali has a girlfriend, plays videogames and watches TV. Parvez drinks alcohol, and his best friend is a prostitute named Bettina. But all of the sudden, Ali changes radically; he becomes rude, grows a beard, breaks up with his English girlfriend, throws out his expensive belongings, and, what’s worse, he grows to be his own father’s antagonist by disrespecting, scaring and ignoring him. At first glance, the revolt of Ali seems like typical behavior for an ordinary teenager, who is growing into an adult, wanting to break loose from his parents and become an independent individual. But as the story proceeds, we learn that there is more to it.
Parvez doesn’t understand the...
...unusual behaviour. He was aware that
he had become slightly afraid of his son, who, between his silences,
was developing a sharp tongue. One remark Pawez did make, 'You
don't play your guitar any more,' elicited the mysterious but conclusive reply, 'There are more important things to be done.'
Yet Parvez felt his son's eccentricity
an injustice. He had always been aware of the pitfalls that other men's sons had fallen into
in England. And so, for Ali, he had worked long hours and spent a
lot of money paying for his education as an accountant. He had
bought him good suits, all the books he required and a computer.
And now the boy was throwing his possessions out!
The TV, video and sound system followed the guitar. Soon the
room was practically bare. Even the unhappy walls bore marks
where Ali's pictures had been removed.
Parvez couldn't sleep; he went more to the whisky bottle, even
when he was at work. He realised it was imperative to discuss the
matter with someone sympathetic.
MySon the Fanatic
Surreptitiously, the father began going into his son's bedroom. He
would sit there for hours, rousing himself only to seek clues. What
bewildered him was that Ali was getting tidier. Instead of the usual
tangle of clothes, books, cricket bats, video games, the room was
becoming neat and ordered; spaces began appearing where before
there had been only mess.
Initially Parvez had been...
...Literary Analysis of MySon the Fanatic
Written by Hanif Kureishi, the short story MySon the Fanatic develops through the conflict between a father and his son. In the story, the father Parvez who works as a taxi driver immigrated from Pakistan to England with his family twenty years ago. His son Ali is a college student in England. When Ali was behaving abnormally, Parvez’s suspicion led him to discover that Ali had turned into a religious Muslim. Parvez, although born as a Muslim, does not strictly abide by Islam rules. The father and son are holding different beliefs; hence they could hardly accept each other’s moral values anymore. Because the author told the story in Parvez’s point of view, it might be controversial that between Parvez and Ali, which character is on the right side. However, as the title of the story suggested, Kureishi, the author, clearly wanted to convince the readers that the son Ali is the fanatic, urging the readers to take Parvez’s side.
The author Kureishi, by no means, has depicted Parvez a perfect man. Parvez as a character has a lot of shortcomings: as a Muslim, he gambles; he drinks; he eats pork; he makes fun of religion representative--the local mullahs and as a husband, he tries to avoid his wife by driving the night taxi (Kureishi 61, 63). Some may argue that he has not been...
...Myson the fanatic
The story is about a man who called Parvez. He is from Pakistan and he live in England with his family, he work as taxi driver for twenty years and half the time with same firm. Parvez have done everything to give Ali a good education, paying everything to the school stuff like computer and books, and wanted him to find a right girl he can marry with and starting good family.
Parvez and his son have a conflict about, Parvez suspects that Ali is starting to take drugs and fuck slut and shitting on his education and selling his stuff to get drugs. Parvez talks to Bettina about the situation to get help of her. Parvez had to check out that what ali doing every day. He found out that Ali was turned to be good Muslim. He prays five times a day and was giving out his stuff to charity.
Characterization of the main characters:
Parvez: He is Punjabi and he lives in England, he earns his money as taxi-driver and he works at night. He is not a really Muslim even he grew up in Pakistan because he drinks alcohol, eats pork and he does not pray as Muslim. He drives Bettina every night to her costumers. Even he does all the bad stuff he can give himself to suspect his son. He has a relationship with Bettina and he lets Bettina to touch him. He is proud of his son Ali before he suspects him. He would like to Ali integrates in the western world. He talks to Bettina about...