“My Son The Fanatic” Essay

1601 words - 7 pages

Hanif Kureishi’s “My Son the Fanatic” is the story of two competing beliefs between a father and his son: Ali’s passion for anti western Islam, and his father Parvez’s dream of providing for his family. Both father and son have different views on how to live life, and the idea of religion. Kureishi explores the themes of, religion, fanaticism, and a father’s love for his son. The protagonist Parvez, an English Punjabi taxi driver, has adapted to a new way of life so much so that he eats pork, a forbidden food in Muslim religion. Parvez was very proud of his son, and his academic accomplishments and often talked about him to his colleagues. One day, Parvez was going through Ali’s things and ...view middle of the document...

Parvez seems to just want to fit in with other people in Britain, and tried to create a happy, loving environment for Ali.
Parvez was very close with his son, and even considered their relationship like one between brothers. He seemed to live through his son, and in turn had a lot of dreams for his son to achieve. Ali, most likely trying to satisfy his father, got straight A’s, played cricket, football, and swam. He also had a lot of friends and a girlfriend; he was living his father’s English dream. Parvez started to notice a change in his son and begun digging for more information.
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 pleased: his son was outgrowing his teenage attitudes. (2-7)
It was discovered that Ali became interested in becoming an Orthodox Muslim, and gave all of his possessions away. He gives away his books, toys, and clothes trying to neglect material items and western culture. Ali changes his personality, and separated from his friends and girlfriend. Parvez did not understand why Ali made such a change from the way he grew up. It was clear that Parvez was not an orthodox Muslim and it makes the reader wonder why Ali would be come one. Although Parvez did not understand his son, and felt like he no longer knew him he still loved him. Parvez decided to try to revive their relationship since he desired “more than anything” to know why Ali’s behavior changed. It was clear that Parvez wanted to try to rekindle the relationship with his son; however, “to Parvez’s surprise, the boy refused to accompany him. He claimed he had an appointment.” (154-155)
The father and sons relationship has a huge impact on the reader. Parvez moved his family to Britain most likely for a better life. Throughout the story it becomes clear that the relationship between Parvez and Ali is no longer a good one since they do not understand each other. He thought that his son would excel in school, play cricket, get an accounting degree, “a good job,” and marry the right girl. The conflict arises when Ali completely abandons his father’s wishes. Ali broke up with his English girlfriend, and completely threw away school and any chance of being an accountant. Parvez starts to look deeper into his son’s secret life and notices that Ali was giving his belongings to charity, and that Ali was praying five times a day.
Parvez decides to go out to dinner with his son and talk about things. At the restaurant Parvez drinks a lot of alcohol, Ali criticizes his father “Parvez knew he was getting drunk, but he couldn’t stop himself. Ali had a horrible look, full of disgust and censure. It was as if he hated his father.” (192-194) Throughout dinner Ali continues to condemn his father for not following the Koran. This seems to be the point when Parvez finally gave...

Find Another Essay On “My Son the Fanatic”

Creon vs Antigone Essay

1054 words - 4 pages freeing Antigone from her "bridal chamber where all are laid to rest" (900). Finding out about the death of his son, wife and Antigone he then undergoes complete anagnorisis.Look at us, the killer, the killed,father and son, the same blood-the misery!My plans, my mad fanatic heart,my son, cut off so young!Ai, dead, lost to the world,not through your stupidity, no, my own( 1395-1400).Creon takes the responsibility for what his actions caused

Creon as the Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

1672 words - 7 pages Creon as the Hero of Antigone     The dilemma of identifying the true hero, or heroine, of Sophocles’ Antigone has tortured students for years. It is indeed a difficult decision to make. The basis for this decision is what the reader perceives to be Sophocles’ dramatic issue in this play. The dramatic issue of the play is twofold: Antigone is a fanatic who is driven by her religious fever to bury the body of her criminal brother

The triumph of christianity over paganism in the middle ages

933 words - 4 pages I could tell you all about the Greeks and Romans, and the wars, but anytime religion comes up, I get confused. I am not an atheist by any means, but I am not a religious fanatic. Unlike the Pagans, and even our everyday Christians, I do not rest my fate in the hands of any god or gods, or even goddesses. I believe that I control my own fate, and I do not go out of my way to please any spiritual being to insure my health and well being. I also do

"Important Events that Occur in Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter's Friendship, in the novel The Chosen, by Chaim Potok." Mr. Digout ELA B30 Amanda W

1260 words - 5 pages Darwin" (The Chosen, pg. 158). He also says, "I can no longer speak to my own son" (The Chosen, pg. 158). Reb makes Reuven promise not to make a goy out of his son. Reuven tells his father about Reb's request, and Reuven tells him that Reb has already been talking to Danny about his books through Reuven, but "it is never pleasant to be a buffer" (The Chosen, pg. 161). Reb also explains to Reuven that if Danny is going to be the next tzaddik, he

Grant And Lee: A Study In Contrasts

738 words - 3 pages no justification for fighting the war, the Confederates were able to rationalize it because of Lee. The justification for combat was the Virginian who lived in a static society that endured everything, except change. Lee's rationalization for fighting this war was that he was defending everything that gave his life meaning.Grant was the exact opposite of Lee. Born the son of a tanner on the Western frontier, he revered no one; he cared very

Book Report

1321 words - 6 pages theme of Agassi’s autobiography is how minor parental abuse affects a child’s self-identity. The son of a professional boxer and tennis maniac was never going to have an easy childhood. His father’s obsession with tennis had started too late for him to pursue a career, therefore he was dedicated to making his son into what he wished he could be. Andre was forced to train incredibly hard, and he hit approximately 3,000 balls every day. His mother, on

Mrs. Dudgeon

1508 words - 6 pages Richard every possible chance of being forgiven .This behaviour allowed her to considered her husband as a "softheaded" man because he forgave his son before his death. She even cursed him before leaving the house saying "my curse on you, my dying curse". Her boastfullness and arrogance was the reason as well for insulting the minister, Anthony Anderson , the priest who stands for religion. The way she treated him and insulted him reflects the

A Study on Samuel P. Huntington and Edward W. Said Erdem Kilic

1297 words - 5 pages In this study, ideas of two great thinkers who affected the thoughts of Western world will be discussed. At first, you will find a summary of 'The Fault Lines Between Civilizations' by Samuel P. Huntington and then a comparative study of Samuel P. Huntington's and Edward W. Said's thoughts. The article entitled 'The Clash of Ignorance' by Edward W. Said will be used as the basic source of Said's thoughts. Finally, I will make my own analysis of

Crikey Mate!

1168 words - 5 pages Crikey Mate! “You see me running around wrestling crocs and grabbing venomous snakes,” he told People, “but we’re into conservation. That’s our passion. That’s my whole aim in life” (Amerman 2) world famous host of The Crocodile Hunter, Stephen Robert Irwin once said. Irwin's undeniable passion for animals were not only showed in his words throughout his life but also his conservation movements which led him to a life of wildlife exploration

Commonwealth Writers' Prize Winner, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

1040 words - 5 pages The breath-taking novel, "Purple Hibiscus"- Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize was written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This novel is about two children who live in an extremely religious Nigerian home, with their mother and fanatic catholic oppressive father. Life with their father is seen as very difficult because of the way they are treated once things are not done his way. Her aunt Ifeoma invites them over for a week’s visit - even

A Book Report and Personal Reflection on "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay

652 words - 3 pages In my experience as a student, I have read a countless number of stories for both school and pleasure. While I made an honest attempt to enjoy the novels assigned to me by my teachers to the same degree as those I have chosen myself, I must admit that most novels did not come close to Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor or Jeffery Deaver's The Blue Nowhere. This is especially the case when my deadline for a book report is fast approaching and the orange

Similar Essays

My Son The Fanatic Essay

1018 words - 4 pages My Son the Fanatic Hanif Kureishi’s short story “My Son the Fanatic” is the story of two competing beliefs: Ali’s passion for anti western Islam, and his father Parvez’s dream of providing for his family. Both father and son have different views on how to live life, and the idea of religion. Kureishi explores issues of identity, religion, and a father’s love for his son. Parvez, an English Punjabi taxi driver, has adapted to a new way of life

A Day In The Life Of My Son

985 words - 4 pages The observation of a child is a very wonderful and tiring experience. I chose to observe my son Erick who is a little over a year old. From the moment he woke up in the morning, he was very active. First, he expressed to me that he was hungry and thirsty. I put him in his chair and watched him eat. Using his fork very slowly and carefully he stabbed each piece of scrambled egg and then put the fork into his mouth. Chewing his food, he smiled

Hammer, Richard: One Morning In The War: The Tragedy At Son My. Book Review, Includes Biography Information About Author. 2 Sources Besides Book Included

2453 words - 10 pages has written several investigative books on a variety of topics. Shortly after he wrote this book about Son My, he wrote The Court Martial of Lieutenant Calley, in 1971. Hammer is the author-narrator of the film, "Interviews with My Lai Veterans." As a reporter for the New York Times, Hammer wrote many articles concerning the war in Vietnam.Hammer researched this book in both Vietnam and here in America by interviewing both the Vietnamese survivors

Thoughts From A Concerned Citizen Essay

934 words - 4 pages always held the small hope that somehow, I would come to America. I finally achieved my dream when I was 30 years old. That was 28 years ago. I arrived in Key West, FL with my elderly mother, and my son of 9 years old. I was without a change of clothes or a penny in my pocket, but gosh, I had a suitcase full of dreams for me and my family! I always felt that the door of opportunity in this country was always open, provided you were willing to work