Analysis

In this section, we will highlight the elements of our analysis of “My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi.

The story mostly follows a linear plot structure, while including literary techniques like backstory and foreshadowing.

The characters include Parvez, the main character, and his son Ali, as well as Bettina, as secondary characters. Note that the story also briefly mentions Parvez’s wife, two taxi-drivers who are Parvez’s friends, and a waiter that Parvez knows.

London is the overall setting of the story. Specific places are mentioned as well, such as Parvez’s home and Ali’s room, the cabbies’ office, Parvez’s taxi, and the restaurant where Parvez talks to his son. The social setting explores such themes as conflicts between generations, cultural differences, and identity.

The events are described by a third-person narrator, who gives a detailed insight into Parvez’s perspective.

The language is simple, mixing narration with direct speech, which helps the reader understand more about the characters and the events.

You can read the full analysis in the following pages.

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