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My Son the Fanatic

The short story "My Son the Fanatic" by Hanif Kureishi tells of a father named Parvez who observes that his son Ali is changing. They are originally from Lahore in Pakistan, but for the past 20...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020 1:00 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

The theme of My Son the Fanatic is culture clash. This first displays as intergenerational conflict between a father, Parvez, a Pakistani immigrant, and his son Ali. Parzev, though raised Muslim,...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 5:51 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

The short story "My Son the Fanatic" by Hanif Kureishi tells of Parvez, a Punjabi living in England whose son, Ali, has undergone a profound change. He is no longer interested in sports, games,...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 6:10 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Parvez is a man who was scarred by his childhood in Pakistan, especially by a strict and sometimes humiliating Islamic education. To him, experiencing Western culture and prosperity by settling in...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 12:53 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

One of the meanings within Kurieshi's "My Son, the Fanatic" is its indictment of fanaticism. Even though published in 1994, Kurieshi's story speaks to a reality with which the world is struggling...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 12:00 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

The short story "My Son the Fanatic" by Hanif Kureishi tells of a clash between a father of Pakistani heritage who has adapted well to the culture of his new homeland in the West and his son who...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 3:50 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

On some levels, Ali experiences a disenchantment with his Western life. Notice in the opening lines of the story how Parvez comes to understand that something "is wrong" with his son. The...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2011 8:21 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

This story is about the conflict between a Pakistani cab driver living in England, Parvez, and his son, Ali. Parvez is a westernized Pakistani who enjoys "freedoms" like drinking alcohol and eating...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 1:44 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

In a line graph or chart of the father-son conflict in "My Son, the Fanatic," the father and son would start off closely aligned, then show dramatic separation. Interestingly enough, I think that...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2015 12:45 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

I think that a part of the reason why we, as the reader, do not know much of the mother is because Ali's rebellion is not as staunchly aimed at her. Ali's rebellion is geared towards his father....

Latest answer posted January 20, 2011 8:36 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Hanif Kureishi's short story "My Son the Fanatic" is set in London, England. The author doesn't directly say which decade, but it's probably set in the late twentieth century; Parvez's son, Ali,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 10:37 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Parvez hits his son Ali at the end of the short story “My Son the Fanatic”, because he is annoyed, even frustrated by his actions. Prior to this incident, Parvez and Bettina had picked up Ali from...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 11:31 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Although both would probably reject the idea, Parvez and Ali are too much alike temperamentally to be able to communicate well. At the same time, each is caught up in his own worldview and, because...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018 12:23 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

On some level, Ali has undergone a transformation of thought. I think that this becomes the critical element in understanding both the effectiveness and relevance of Kurieshi's work. At its core,...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2011 9:53 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

I think that the title is appropriate for a couple of reasons. The first is that it represents the gulf between father and son. One can almost imagine Parvez saying this to his taxi cab...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2011 8:10 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

There are a couple of elements at play here. On one hand, indeed, there is a generational antagonism at play here. Parvez and Ali are on opposite ends of the generational schism, but are also on...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2011 10:52 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Part of where the story acquires its greatness is that the location of the story's resolution lies with the reader. The supposed worst in the reader has been awakened in the realization that Ali...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2011 8:38 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

There are a number of reasons. Ali himself says that his decision to become a devout Muslim came about simply through living in England. By this, he probably means that he's become increasingly...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 8:35 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

This is the number one question that comes out of the short story. I think that there has to be a better attempt to reach out to these particular individuals. The statistics speak to this and to...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2011 9:50 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Hanif Kureishi's short story "My Son the Fanatic" examines the issues of Parvez, a taxi driver who has moved to England with his son, Ali, and who is now seeing gradual changes in the boy's...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 1:43 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

a)To answer this question, try to think about the kinds of things fathers do to secure a better life for their children. This can be a little difficult if you are not a father; however, you can...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 9:31 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

In Hanif Kureishi's short story “My Son the Fanatic," a Punjabi immigrant father, Parvez, who is living with his family in London, is dealing with changes he observes in his son Ali. These changes...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 9:53 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

In my mind, a role play scene between both women would focus on a type of "before" and "after" construction of Ali. They can each give the other the missing pieces about Ali's identity. Ali's...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2015 11:50 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Besides the father's and son's points of view, the author also provides us with other points of view. For example, the text tells us what Parvez's taxi driver colleagues think about Ali's behavior....

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018 10:27 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

The short story "My Son the Fanatic" centers around Punjabis who have immigrated to England. Parvez, the father, has adapted to the customs of his adopted country. He drives a taxi, drinks alcohol,...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2021 4:49 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Parvez and Ali suffer from intergenerational and cultural conflict. Parvez enjoys the material goods and freedom available in England. He is proud of his ability to provide for his family, buy Ali...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2021 4:03 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Parvez does not speak to Ali about what is worrying him because he has become estranged from his son. Also, Parvez finds his son's fearful temper and sullen silences disconcerting. Since little is...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016 8:07 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

I would pull this quote from the story: "He knew he was unreachable, but hit him nonetheless." I think that this probably sums up where the relationship between the Ali and Parvez is at this...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2011 7:59 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

The story is told from Parvez's limited point of view. Kureishi doesn't tell us what is going on at first because he wants readers to experience the same confusion that Parvez does about his son's...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2021 12:27 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

Parvez, a Punjabi immigrant, has become thoroughly assimilated into Western society. Though raised as a Muslim, his attachment to his religion is tenuous, to say the least. This mainly arises from...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 9:00 am UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

I am not entirely sure that Kurieshi is going "too far" in displaying the change in attitudes. There are two primary reasons for this. The first would be that this particular generation, the one...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2011 9:37 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

I think that there is much in way of truth in Kurieshi's short story. I am not entirely certain that one can discount it as fiction. The reality is that being young, Muslim, and British carries...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2011 8:59 pm UTC

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My Son the Fanatic

In the broadest terms, New Historicism, often associated with the Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt, uses literature to try to reconstruct or understand the social or intellectual history or...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 1:58 am UTC

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