My Son The Fanatic

This are the answers for the story we´ve read! I worked with Sofia Montoya and Malena Millan.




  • 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.
  4. Parvez and his coworkers used to tell their problems and they tried to help one another, but it was very difficult for Parvez to tell his problems because he was afraid of the critics that he could get. This shows us how we tend to talk about other problems to evershadoow ours.
  5. Parvez and his wife didn’t have a relationship at all. They didn’t share things, they didn’t talk, but they didn’t fight. It was like a neutral relationship.


  1. Bettina gives a comprehensive advice to Parvez. He thinks that the attitudes that Ali has are part of a phase in life that everyone goes through. She says that he should go with and understand him.


  1. Parvez has a bad memory of Pakistan. He decided to move to England for more opportunities, better education for his son and for a new life. The flashback that the story provides is when he fell asleep in the temple while praying. This is something that it is not allowed by the religion, so they put him a rope to keep him awake. This made him feel humiliated and it is also what provokes a bad image about religion to him.


  1. Why does Parvez like England?


Parvez likes England because it is a capitalist country which has an important role in the global functioning. It is also a developed country and it is part of the Western countries which are the most globalized and known ones.


  1. Why does Ali hate London?


He hates London because it is a city in which the muslim religion is not completely accepted, they tend to be judged. Also, it is located in a country that does not follow this religion or the koran, as most of the eastern countries do. In addition, most of the muslims blame the western countries, including England, for all the conflicts that they are transiting.


  1. What was the “last straw” that led Parvez to violence?


Parvez entered to Ali’s room and he ignored him, he did not even look at him. Also, he had found him praying. This made Parvez go mad and start hitting him.


  1. What does Ali mean in the last line of the story?


By asking, “Who’s the fanatic now?”, I understood that he wanted to transmit that his father was the fanatic one, because by kicking him, he became an extremist. As he showed that he could not accept that his son had different thoughts and beliefs. So, in my opinion, they both were fanatics, Ali was a fanatic of the muslim religion and Parvez was a fanatic of the customs of the Western world.


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.

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”

I Find No Peace: poem analysis


I find no peace, and all my war is done.

I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.

I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise;

And nought I have, and all the world I season.

That loseth nor locketh holdeth me in prison

And holdeth me not—yet can I scape no wise—

Nor letteth me live nor die at my device,

And yet of death it giveth me occasion.

Without eyen I see, and without tongue I plain.

I desire to perish, and yet I ask health.

I love another, and thus I hate myself.

I feed me in sorrow and laugh in all my pain;

Likewise displeaseth me both life and death,

And my delight is causer of this strife.

Follow this link to learn about the poet.

Resultado de imagen para i find no peace poem by thomas wyatt worksheet



  1. What situation is the speaker reflecting on?

The author is expressing his confessions towards love. He has many feelings, but the one that he shows the most is suffer and discomfort.

  1. What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?

“my war is done”: he uses the world war to show the suffering and the effort that he has made

“I burn and freeze like ice”: this is a metaphor and a simile also. He uses two opposite states to represent his confusion.


  1. How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?

There are 10 paradoxes.


  1. What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?

The paradoxes show how love awakens confusion. The voice reflects how he feels and he shows how he feels for it. Wyatt is in love, but he suffers for it. This contradictions are present in every paradox.


  1.  What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?

The general topic is confusion and mixture of feelings. He feels many things and those internal changes are caused by love.


  1.  What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?

The general topic is imprisonment. He can not escape from what he feels, but there is nobody incarcerating him.


  1. Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?

At the beginning of the poem he expressed the suffer that he was feeling towards that passionate love. His idea in this lines is that loving somebody else involves hurting yourself, spending more time on the other person than for your own, and risking. This is damaging your soul and hating yourself.


  1. Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?

Because “delight” is what causes pleasure and joy. We are not supposed to suffer and agonize towards delight. This shows what the voice thinks and lives love. He does not enjoy this delight, he is hurt by it.


9.To what extent do you think the paradoxes are an accurate expression of the feelings of a person in love, particularly in light of the fact that in the 16th century the completely free and unchaperoned meetings of lovers were not easily arranged?

I think that love produces confusion. Paradoxes show contradictory statements, and in this case shows two very different feelings. Love is not something clear and certain, so paradoxes are present

In the 16th century, loving two women was even more difficult. This could not be even considered, and this paradoxes perfectly portray this suffering and misgiving that he was feeling.

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  1. To what extent do the paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker?       Paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker in a perfect way. It is very clear the feeling of frustration that he had in his inside. He has a mixture of feelings that have nothing to do and paradoxes portray this turmoil in his life.