My Son The Fanatic By Hanif Kureishi

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The short story “My Son, the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi, is about the relationship between a father and a son. The plot is told in third person’s point of view and has two main characters, Parvez, the father and Ail, the son. Parvez is an immigrant who has lived in England for 20 years, considering this is the period of time he has worked as a taxi driver. It is also suggested that the community where the main characters live, is home to a lot of immigrants, discovering that the father mostly works with the people from his own country and where the people have to work hard to accomplish what they dream for. Parvez, for example, “working for long hours and spending a lot of money paying for his son’s education as an Accountant”(534). The story unravels the struggles and challenges that many immigrants face in their new country, particularly the difficulties associated with finding a place to belong. Parvez, the father of the young boy Ali, started to notice transformation in his son’s behavior, and at the beginning he anticipate it as a good thing. The narrator assumes that “his son is finally growing out of his teenage attitude and taking some responsibility” (534). However, when Ali started throwing out valuable things and his friends started avoiding him, Parvez gets really concerned and feel as if his son is ungrateful and that he has done something undesirable as a father. Eventually, he opens up to his coworkers who immediately assume that Ali has a drug problem
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