My Son the Fanatic




  • What prevents Parvez from communicating directly with his son?



Parvez communication with Ali fails because he finds that Ali has been giving away his belongings, and when he tries to talk to him Ali strongly resists to his ideas.


  1. What is Parvez’s dream for Ali’s future?

Parvez works really hard for Alis education. He believes that the education is really important, also separate his son from being an extremist of the Islam. He also want Ali to adapt in the English society and get married with a typical english woman.


  1. How would you describe the personality of the following characterize:

  2. Parvez
    Is the father of Ali, the protagonist. He is a hard working men, who had work long hours to afford his son education. He believes in freedom, so he moved to England to live a quiet life. He also believes that everyone should improve upon all the opportunities that life gives you.
  3. Ali
    He is the protagonist of the story. He is an idealistic and sincere man. He believes that many muslims are oppressed around the world. He wish to add a little grain of sand to better lives and opportunities for people, he believes that everyone should do and believe in what they want. He views the restriction of the islam as a necessary tool to preserve morality.


  1. Bettina

She is a prostitute friend of Parvez, she is a good listener and support Parvez communication with Ali. She encourage Parvez to communicate with his son, she beg Ali’s father to be patient with his son.



  1. At the beginning of the story Parvez starts to discover that his son is not like he used to be before; he stopped using his guitar, he started to be interested in other things that his father didn’t like or accept.
  2. At the end of the story the bond of brotherhood that they had before is completley broken due to the lack of things in common. Ali has an extremist way of thinking and acting, he can’t separate religion and routine, and Parvez is very disappointed and he reacts in an extremist and violent way also.
  3. Parvez finds a lot of confidence in Bettina. She is his lover but she is the one that is more aware of the things that are happening to him. She is the one who gives him advices and the one who listens to him.


In language, we wrote a description of this picture with Sofia Montoya and Malena Millan.
The sun was warming Ali’s back on that spring’s sunday morning, the weather was perfect, not too hot, nor too cold. She could breath the pure air and all she could see was her sister’s face. They were surrounded by a yellow flowery mattress, which made her feel in peace. Her sister’s blonde hair, tied in a beautiful braid, was shining as bright as the sun, which illuminated the whole garden. Her sister, was holding a dandelion flower, and as she blowed, the white floaties hit softly Ali’s face and then got lost in the wind. Ali copied her sister and grabbed two of them, feeling the sticky stem in her fingers. She looked up and admired the view, she felt pleased and grateful, for the beautiful landscape that surrounded her. Her sister started running through the green grass and Ali saw how tiny she became as she ran further. At a certain point, she became just a tiny dot surrounded by an infinite blue curtain. She followed her, and as she stepped in the wet grass, she could feel how the cold water particles entered on her shoe. As she kept running towards her sister, she could feel how her heart started beating faster, and how her respiration got accelerated. As she got nearer her sister, she contemplated her stained white pants and her wet shoes. She was sweaty because she had been running, and her hair was messy. But what surprised Ali the most, was how her sister’s eyes were as blue as the ocean and as deep as the sky. She grabbed her sister’s hand and while their fingers were interlacing, a warm feeling ran all over her body, making her feel safe. They started running together and got lost in the nature, feeling accompanied. They wanted to stay in that precise moment forever, they shared a special connection not only with the nature, but with each other.

Skinny Love

Skinny love


Come on skinny love just last the year
Pour a little salt we were never here
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer
I tell my love to wreck it all
Cut out all the ropes and let me fall
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Right in the moment this order’s tall
I told you to be patient
I told you to be fine
I told you to be balanced
I told you to be kind
In the morning I’ll be with you
But it will be a different “kind”
I’ll be holding all the tickets
And you’ll be owning all the fines
Come on skinny love what happened here
Suckle on the hope in lite brassiere
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Sullen load is full; so slow on the split
I told you to be patient
I told you to be fine
I told you to be balanced
I told you to be kind
Now all your love is wasted?
Then who the hell was I?
Now I’m breaking at the britches
And at the end of all your lines
Who will love you?
Who will fight?
Who will fall far behind?
Come on skinny love
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my

Justin Vernon wrote this song while living in a cabin in the snow. He isolated himself from his life and put his ideas into songs.
This song is about a phase in his life in which he was in a relationship that was stuck due to the mistakes that his lover made.
The author personalizes the love and he describes it as “skinny”,because the selfish love of his girlfriend didn’t nourish that relationship. This metaphor is a very graphic image.



Evening in Paradise



-What kind of writer was he? Explain.

John Milton was born the 9th of December of 1608 and he died in the 18th of November of 1674.  He was a prestigious writer, and he wrote Paradise in Heaven, a well known poem that I will analyse below. He wrote metaphysical poems about religion and politics. In his writings he reflected deep personal convictions.


-He wrote Paradise Lost. What is it about?

Paradise lost is a very notable epic poem. This poem explains how Satan tempted Adam and Eve and how they were expulsed from the Garden of Eden. To express this, he uses a more complex language and many metaphors that lead to other detours from the main theme.


-Now, read the poem and say what you understand from it using your own words. (work on vocabulary)

Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray

Had in her sober livery all things clad;

Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,

They to their grassy couch, these to their nests

Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.

She all night longer her amorous descant sung:

Silence was now pleased. Now glowed the firmament

With living Saphirs; Hesperus, that led

The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon,

Rising in clouded majesty, at length

Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,

And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw;

When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort, the hour

Of night, and all things now retired to rest

Mind us of like repose; since God hath set

Labour and rest, as day and night, to men

Successive, and the timely dew of sleep,

Now falling with soft slumberous weight, inclines

Our eye-lids. Other creatures all day long

Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest;

Man hath his daily work of body or mind

Appointed, which declares his dignity,

And the regard of Heaven on all his ways;

While other animals unactive range,

And of their doings God takes no account.

Tomorrow, ere fresh morning streak the east

With first approach of light, we must be risen,

And at our pleasant labour, to reform

Yon flowery arbours, yonder alleys green,

Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,

That mock our scant manuring, and require

More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth.

Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,

That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,

Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease.



sober livery – plain clothes;

clad – dressed up in;

slunk – crept quietly;

descant – melody sung above another song;

firmament – heaven;

Saphirs – sapphires;

Hesperus – another name for Venus (the planet);

repose – a state of rest.


This extract shows the expel of Adam and Eve from paradise and parallel, it shows the relation between Satan and God.

The author shows how divine the night and the day is. He shows the night as something peaceful and calm. He also reflects what people thought of work in his phase of history. He says that the day needs to be availed to work, because God takes that into account.

The detour that I previously talked about is this way of enjoying and appreciating life, that it is complemented with the paradise that the author talks about.

Resultado de imagen para sky

The sky represents the “heaven” that the author talks about. It represents the paradise that Adam and Eve lost, and it also shows the reward that workers had after working throughout their life.


Man hath his daily work of body or mind

Appointed, which declares his dignity,”

Resultado de imagen para sleep

This picture shows the other peaceful and silent moment in our lives: sleep. He reflects sleep as it was paradise, a paradise that lasts some hours per day.

Silence was now pleased”

Marie Antoinette film

1- Marie Antoinette is sometimes referred to as “The Teenage Queen”. What attitudes in the movie can show that?

She has a very inmature personality. She does not obey the rules, she cheats in King Louis XVI and she is asists to many parties and drinks like a teenanger. She does not behave like a queen.

2- After her first child is born she shows many changes in her attitude and lifestyle. How? Provide examples. Why do you think that happens?

When her first child was born she moved to the farm to teach many things of nature to her daughter. This shows a big change with maturity, but on the other hand she still goes to parties. It is as if she wants to give values to her daughter and to act as a grown up, but there is something in her personality that doesnt let her do it.

3- Some historians have often suggested that Marie Antoinette’s behaviour helped encourage agitation in the people at the beginning of the Revolution. Can you find any instances in the movie that confirm or deny this claim?

It was because she was always spending a lot of money in unnecessary things like jewelry, clothing, etc. There were many people suffering for hunger and she acted like nothing happened.

4- Towards the end of the movie, we see a more mature woman. How does she show she has somehow stopped being “The Teenage Queen”?

She starts to be more mature when her family is at risk due to the attack of Versailles. This is shown when she decides to disobey what her husband said, to leave with their sons.

This is very mature because she wants to stay by his side and support him.