My Son the Fanatic

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My son the fanatic

It is difficult to live in another country than the one you come from. Because the religion and culture in the new country, probably is dissimilar to the one you are used to. Especially religion can give some big problems. It creates conflicts, hate and division between people and families. This is exactly what happens in the short story ‘My Son the Fanatic’ by Hanif Kureishi. The relationship between the father (Parvez) and son (Ali) is put to a very difficult test.
Parvez is born in Pakistan and has immigrated to England. He grew up in Lahore, where he was taught the Koran, however, his relationship to the Koran is very bad, which is clear all text through. “To stop him falling asleep when he studied, the Moulvi had attached a piece of string to the ceiling and tied it to Parvez’s hair, so that if he fell forward, he would instantly awake.” (p. 196, ll. 11-14) this quote shows, how indifferent Parvez always has been to the Koran, he has avoided all religions since this treatment.
Parvez has driven taxi for twenty years. Most of the taxi drivers were, like him, Pakistani. He is a big admirer of the Western culture, where he is free to do almost everything he wants to. He does not understand why Ali starts to act strange. Parvez is having a hard time figuring out what he is doing wrong. He works hard, so that Ali can have a good education, and become an accountant and raise a family. At first, without any evidence, Parvez is terrified that Ali is doing drugs. He does not discuss this problem with his wife, but with his friend, Bettina. “He could talk to her about things he’d never be able to discuss with his own wife.” (p. 195, ll. 1-2) this shows that he oddly trusts Bettina, though she is a prostitute. They have only known each other for three years, so it is a bit odd that he trusts Bettina more than his own wife. Bettina and Parvez see…...

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