Essay on My Son The Fanatic By Hanif Kureishi

1036 Words Sep 30th, 2016 5 Pages
My son the fanatic The generation gap is a dilemma which frequently occurs among immigrants, and in the short story My son the fanatic, Hanif Kureishi brings up the issue concerned. Kureishi introduces us several different characters which include a father, a son and his wife. The father who was alarmed and puzzled by his sons’ strange behavior, which proves out to be against his own values. Through the description of different characters, the writer "Kureishi" reveals the generation gap between them. During this, Kureishi touches on the topics fanaticism and religion, and how these can change ones behavior towards ones family. Kureishi also focuses on how people relate to their roots.
The main character in the story is Parvez, who’s a good example of an immigrant being well-integrated. He emigrated from Pakistan, where he was taught the Koran. He underwent indignity during this, and subsequently he avoided all religion; he even prefers jokes to rules. Even though he has a wife and a son, he spends most of his time “living a boy’s life” with his fellow taxi drivers; playing card and avoiding their wives. The narration of the story is 3rd person narrative and is therefore limited, but we see the conflict from Parvez’s point of view, which engenders surprises. “Parvez sprang across the hall and set his ear at Ali’s door. A muttering sound came from within (…) The boy was praying.”(l. 130-134) Besides eating bacon and playing cards, another example of Parvez not being very…

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