“My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi. Teaching Notes complete short story is quite a long text, the activities proposed can be divided in three parts, as it is. Hanif Kureishi. My Son the Fanatic. Page 2. Hanif Kureishi. My Son the Fanatic. Page 3. Hanif Kureishi. My Son the Fanatic. Page 4. Hanif Kureishi. My Son the. Hanif Kureishi’s short story “My Son the Fanatic” was originally published in The New Yorker in The story deals with a father-son relationship and has.

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The short story creates at its opening a very calm atmosphere of an average father worrying about his son. But in his car he finds Bettina, a prostitute, who drives with Parvez very often and has become a confidante. Parvez notices that Ali prays five times a day, although he had not been brought up to be religious.

He even grows a beard to please Ali. Initially, Ali refuses this invitation, but later he accepts it. They are then asked to suggest ideas as to what the problem might be.

He always was “aware of the pitfalls that other men’s sons had stumbled to in England. Bettina instructs Parvez on how he has to observe his son to find out if there is anything physically wrong with him.

There cannot be found any hints than the names that they are not a family of British origin. Schitz embodies everything that Farid hates about the Western World. When Parvez stops hitting him, Ali asks his father: Back at home Parvez drinks a lot of alcohol because he is furious at his son. In the film this “sexual dimension” Moore- Gilbert Parvez drinks a lot during this meeting skn they start to argue.

My Son the Fanatic – Various Tasks

And while Parvez was dreaming of a better life in Britain he did not realise that something had gone wrong with his son. He comes from Germany, which has just been united again, to Great Britain and “represents the growing influence of Europe on Britain, in which a newly united Germany is the economic dynamo and, as such, a potentially oppressive force. The new characters in the film are “the maulvi from Lahore, Fanativ and Herr Schitz.


Although Farid is in conflict with ukreishi father and not with Mr. After having a short conversation, they come to the conclusion that kureidhi son kureishhi be addicted to drugs and that he sells his things to earn money to buy drugs.

The short story was also adapted into a film of the same title. A Muslim in the mosque tells Parvez that those boys, the group of boys which includes his own son, are not welcomed in the mosque because they always want to change the people’s opinion. Ali criticises his father’s way of life because in his won his father is “too implicated in Western civilization” Fanwtic The maulvi takes very much influence on Farid and helps him to become more fanatic.

A few days later while Parvez is driving in his taxi with Bettina he sees his son walking down the sidewalk. Schitz can be seen as a “comparison with Parvez, reminding the audience that there are different kinds of economic migrants, whose reception by the ‘host’ society varies according to the migrants national origin, class and ethnic identity. Below are some topics I have used previously when working with this text, some of them are also appropriate as pre-reading projects, which would provide fanatci with some more background information to help them understand the themes in the text.

Farid is presented in a more radical way in the film than in the short story. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public. In the film it is shown how Parvez checks Farid’s temperature. After a conversation with his friends and with Bettina Parvez worries about his son taking drugs.

Here is an example worksheet of this type that I have made with answers: Farid is the religious fundamentalist and Mr. But Bettina changes his mind and Parvez resolves to fantaic to understand what is going on in his son’s mind.


Since Parvez has defended Bettina from texh client who had attacked her, they take care of each other. Parvez vs Ali Online, there are lots of other tasks and activities, as well as interpretation guides for the full story, for example: The short story says that Parvez and Ali once “were brothers”.

At home Parvez does not have a partner to communicate with. This accent is a feature the film uses to create cultural differences.

While Parvez keeps his son under surveillance he follows him into the mosque. Parvez’s wife is dressed in traditional Pakistani clothes, but she does not have her face veiled, Parvez speaks with his Pakistani accent and Minoo and Parvez speak Urdu, their native language, to each other. He just gives them away. The hahif differs significantly from the short story.

This conflict is in the short story and in the film which both start in media represented at the beginning. Some terms that may be appropriate to study with regard to My Son the Fanatic: This site uses cookies.

His wife, Minoo, who is rarely mentioned and not named in the short story, is always doing work and doesn’t talk much kurekshi her husband.

My Son the Fanatic – Various Tasks – Clare’s ELT Compendium

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: As a slightly larger project, different groups of learners can be given different terms to work on, and can produce a way of presenting teaching these to the rest of the class, e.

Whereas at the nearly end of ttext film Farid and his friends attack the prostitutes violently. At the beginning, Farid seems ashamed of his father when he is taking the pictures of the Fingerhuts. OALD, aimed at learnersand perhaps a collocations dictionary, before agreeing on the most appropriate and fitting adjectives.

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