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My Son the Fanatic. Surreptitiously, the father began going into his son's bedroom. He would sit Initially Parvez had been pleased: his son was outgrowing his. My Son the Fanatic. Surreptitiously the father began going into his son's bed- room. He would sit there for hours, rousing himself only to seek clues. Complete summary of Hanif Kureishi's My Son the Fanatic. eNotes plot summaries cover all the Synopsis. print Print; document PDF. This Page Only · Entire.

With the British Nationality Act in , which created a British citizenship for every member of the British Commonwealth, a mass immigration into Great Britain began. Most of the two million immigrants were Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis. On the one hand they came to Britain because of racial discrimination and persecution in their own country and on the other hand it was just the time when the British economy was growing and so they were welcome or recruited to work in badly-paid and less popular jobs even in the coal- or steel industry. But the high rate of immigration into Great Britain from different continents and so the development to a multicultural country created problems. Because of different cultures, religions and languages immigrants had problems in identifying with other immigrants and to integrate in the existing community. A lot of the British were afraid of losing their jobs to the immigrants so racial conflicts arose and segregation became very widespread.

Fragmentation perhaps one of the most prominent elements of postmodern texts, fragmentation refers to the breakdown of plot, character, theme, and setting. Fragmentation is a unique theme of postmodernism. According to self- perception Parvez is the perfect father who is doing ceaseless efforts for providing all the luxuries of life to his family.

Line- On contrary Ali has no concerns with all this. An anti-Western ideology has embedded in his mind. In his narrative, Kureishi discovers issues of identity and empire and artfully creates a fractured relationship that allows for consideration and analysis of these themes on both an individual and a societal level. On contrary there is widely generational breach between father and son.

Both of them think that they are ingenuous in their fragmented domains. Here are the some glimpses of fragmentation: There is further discussion where Parvez tries to prove himself candid according to his point of view: Surely it wasn't a crime to have a drink when he wanted one? Parvez shrugged, 'I know. But surely we are only human? This made Parvez drink more quickly. The waiter, wanting to please his friend, brought another glass of whisky. Parvez knew he was getting drunk, but he couldn't stop himself.

Ali had a horrible look on his face, full of disgust and censure.

The conversation between father and son shows that they are distant from each other but one thing is remarkable that both the characters consider themselves veracious according to their insight. Parvez tries to legitimize his forbidden doings and he consoles his son by saying that we are only human beings. These actions are common in a society like England. Ali shows his hatred against his father. Ali said, 'Real morality has existed for hundreds of years.

Around the world millions and millions ofpeople share my beliefs. Are you saying you are right and they are all wrong? At the end of the story due to these fragmented views both father and son had to depart. In closing scene of the tragic end of the story transpires: When, finally, he opened the door, Ali was praying. The boy didn't even glance his way.

Parvez kicked him over. Then he dragged the boy up by his shirt and hit him. The boy fell back. Parvez hit him again. The boy's face was bloody. Parvez was panting.

He knew that the boy was un- reachable, but he struck him nonetheless. The boy neither covered himself nor retaliated; there was no fear in his eyes. He only said, through his split lip: And the main protagonists fell as if they alienated. Parvez's co-workers at the taxi firm. The West is a sink of hypocrites. His life routines of alcohol. Parvez isn't quite sure who "his people" are. My people have taken enough.

If the persecution doesn't stop. Parvez is Punjabi. His belief and obsession in the religious cause is so strong that absolutely nothing can distract him.

Both of them are in a pursuit of different dreams are extremely persistent in that race. Realizing that. Stevo Bozinov Index number. He's above all that. Parvez is trying hard to fit in the new society.

And Ali followed his father's advice: This is England. Fanaticism Ali intends to dedicate his life to fight against the infidels in order to stop them from oppressing his people and Parvez is ready to agree on anything just to make Ali live his life the way he never got the chance to live it. We have to fit in. Nothing can change his mind.

The Oriental people. It will be the hardest thing I've ever done. He doesn't feel fear. Both of them are ready to give up on family. Flag for inappropriate content. Related titles. Our Fascination with Fright. Jump to Page.

Search inside document. My Son the Fanatic , by Hanif Kureishi i. The mirror stage I shall start with the mirror stage, as argued by Lacan, where the child's emergent sense of self was always formed in reference to some 'other', for instance its own image in the mirror, a friend, a sibling or any other alternative model which the child associates itself with narcissistic identification, according to Freud.

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My Son the Fanatic, short story

Izram Ali. Ahmad Aqeel Sarwar. Kimberley Mills. Qaisar Iqbal Janjua. Some of these rules are: The members of Islam are called Muslims. These four most important rules help Muslims to live a fulfilled life in this world and to live near to god in the hereafter. So Muslims have to stick to the rules of the Koran.

The Hajj is the go on the pilgrimage to Mecca. Islam teaches the Muslims to live in peace with oneself. So those who have performed righteous deeds will be rewarded with eternal bliss i n heaven while those who have performed evil acts will be punished in hell. To communicate with Allah and so to get a closer relationship with him Muslims have to pray five times a day.

Following this rule is necessary to relieve the soul. On the author Hanif Kureishi was born on December 5 th.

My Son the Fanatic

To escape from moral corruption. After a humble beginning as an usher for the Royal Theatre. The aspects of Islam. A hint for this is given on page ll. Muslims are strictly forbidden to take drugs or to drink alcohol. At Hanif Kureishi studied philosophy at the University of London and earned his living by writing pornography under the pseudonym of Antonia French. His first play. His decision to become a writer was already made at a young age at which he began writing novels that were intended for publication.

He had a first great success with his second play. Reference to the short story Because there is no specific time given at which the story takes place. Parvez and his family could be some of these immigrants who hoped to find work and better living conditions in Britain.

Kureishi later became a writer in residence of the theatre.

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As Parvez is a taxi driver he often drives Bettina around. She advises him to watch his son more critically and to search for clues for his addiction. But also with his first efforts in the film business Kureishi was very successful and gained him a larger audience. Furthermore he tries to talk to his son to tell him his attitudes of life.

Ali criticises his father because of breaking to many rules of the Koran and wants him to change his life. But what Parvez finds out is that his son is growing a beard and that he does not sell his belongings but he gives them away to charity shops. But Ali still despises his father.

Furthermore Parvez notices that his son prays five times a day. So Parvez decides to go out with his son to talk with Ali about these things. But when they are in a restaurant. One night when he is together with his two closest friends. But his breakthrough was his first play for the Royal Court Theatre. Later he also tells his father that he wants to give up his studies in accounting. Parvez drinks too much alcohol so they begin to quarrel. When Parvez drives around Bettina with his taxi they meet Ali on the street and they stop and take him with them because Bettina wants to talk with him.

And also in England his attitude to the Koran has not changed.

He grew up in Lahore p. When he is told by his son that he is breaking the rules of the Koran p. Analysis and interpretation of the short story 5. But when she tells him that his father loves him.

Although Parvez was taught the Koran i n Lahore p. Parvez only shrugs p. An example for this is p. It i s also obvious that Parvez has his problems with alcohol. He even says that he loves crispy bacon p. This is indicated for example on p.

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