“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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Early in the story, Parvez is afraid of discussing his worries with his friends because his son has always been a kind of showpiece son. Parvez decides to invite his son to dinner to talk to him about his recent behaviour. If I were Parvez, I would ask Ali if he is taking drugs. Later in the nightclub, Schitz also laughs at Parvez because of his Pakistani accent. This will train them in the skills of citing secondary sources, and interpreting and using examples from a primary text.

If your students read the full text, not only my excerpt, they could also research into topics of prostitution, parenting methods, fanaticism e. While Parvez keeps his son under surveillance he follows him into the mosque.

After a conversation with his friends and with Bettina Parvez worries about his son taking drugs. You are commenting using your Twitter account. But Bettina changes his mind and Parvez resolves to try to understand what is going on in his son’s mind.

Languages Deutsch Edit links. The narrator who is not part of the story and therefore a heterodiegetic narrator narrates that Parvez is “bewildered” Kureishi During the next days Parvez tries to explain cautiously to his son what his ideas and attitudes towards life are.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: And while Parvez was dreaming of a better life in Britain he did not realise that something had gone wrong with his son.


However, after a few days of observations Parvez decides that his son appears totally healthy. Initially, Ali refuses this invitation, but later he accepts kuureishi.

At home Parvez does not have a partner to communicate with. He even grows a beard to please Ali.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Won. The new characters in the film are “the maulvi from Lahore, Fizzie and Herr Schitz. Parvez notices that Ali prays five times a day, although he had not been brought up to be religious.

Some of the smaller products could also be created individually, such as posters or oral presentations. Parvez drinks a lot during this meeting and they start to argue.

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After having a short conversation, they come to the conclusion that his son might be addicted to drugs and that he sells his things to earn money to buy drugs. Schitz and does not even know him, these two characters represent the two conflicting ways of life. Then the reader learns that Ali had an “English girlfriend from whom he has parted. Farid trusts more the maulvi ideals of life than don fathers.

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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.

He just wants to state his view of things.

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

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 learners with some more background information to help them understand the themes in the text. A few days later while Parvez is driving in his taxi with Bettina he sees his son walking down the sidewalk. Afterwards he wants to escape from the car, but Bettina prevents him.


Another important invention of the film is the change of the relationship between Parvez and Bettina. The full text can kureishj found here.

My Son the Fanatic – Various Tasks

In the film it is shown how Parvez checks Farid’s temperature. Sometimes, finding accessible texts for classes is difficult, especially as they are often long, and would take up too much lesson time.

At the beginning, Farid seems ashamed of his father when he is taking the pictures of the Fingerhuts. The short story says that Parvez and Ali once mj brothers”.

OALD, aimed at learnersand perhaps a collocations dictionary, before agreeing on the most appropriate and fitting adjectives. This shows that they are good friends and trust each other, but in the text there is no evidence that the prostitute Bettina and the taxi- driver Parvez have a love affair as in the film. Whereas at the nearly end of the film Farid and his friends attack the prostitutes violently. And it turns out that his son does not oureishi his things.

In the film this “sexual dimension” Moore- Gilbert Ali criticises his father’s way of life because in his opinion his father is “too implicated in Western civilization” Kureishi In the fannatic story it is mentioned that Bettina and Parvez take “care for each other” Kureishi This article reads like a term paper and may require cleanup.

That is the reason for him to work kreishi hours” Kureishi He also explained briefly Ali’s old behaviour to give reason for Parvez worries.