Which settings appear in the short story "My Son the Fanatic" ?

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teachsuccess | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The setting is the environment or venue the story takes place in. Settings can include the time (or era), weather, surroundings, and geographical location.

In My Son The Fanatic, the settings are :

1) Ali's room/ Parvez's home.

This is where Parvez finds himself when his son is not at home. His desperation for seeking answers to his son's newly developed eccentricity leads him to look for possible clues among Ali's belongings (or what's left of them).

2) The Pakistani community in England/ an urban city in England.

England's Pakistani community constitutes the second largest overseas Pakistani community outside of Pakistan. Saudi Arabia hosts the largest. The most diverse Pakistani population in England is in London, where there are Punjabis ( Parvez and his family are Punjabis), Mirpuris, Pathans, and Sindhis. More than 90% of Pakistanis in England are Muslims; they are mostly Sunni.

3) Cabbie's office/ Parvez's cab/ coffee shop in the city.

The cabbie's office is where Parvez and his cab-driver colleagues relax and socialize when they are not working or are waiting for customers. In this setting, the men lead 'almost a boy's life in the cabbie's office, playing cards and practical jokes, exchanging lewd stories, eating together and discussing politics and their problems.

Parvez confides in Bettina, a prostitute, about his problems with Ali; they talk in his cab and also at a local coffee shop. The two are fast friends and see each other most nights. This is because the last customers of the night are usually local prostitutes; the taxi drivers often ferry the women home or sometimes even engage in their own sexual affairs with each other.

The cab is also where Parvez, Ali, and Bettina engage in a conflict-ridden conversation regarding Islam, religion, and life philosophies.

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The setting of the story is in United Kingdom. The story is set in environment to highlight the cultural differences and generation gap often experienced among children and their parents.

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