Funny Boy


Shyam Selvadurai

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Anil’s Father Character Analysis

A bigoted Sinhalese man who threatens Rahda Aunty and Arjie for being Tamil, suggesting that the Sinhalese are on the verge of kicking the Tamils out of Sri Lanka. He is furious about his son Anil’s relationship with Radha and promises never to let his son “marry some non-Sinhalese” or someone not “from a good family.”

Anil’s Father Quotes in Funny Boy

The Funny Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Anil’s Father or refer to Anil’s Father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Masculinity and Queerness Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of Funny Boy published in 1994.
2. Radha Aunty Quotes

“Be careful. We Sinhalese are losing patience with you Tamils and your arrogance.”

Related Characters: Anil’s Father (speaker), Radha Aunty, Ammachi, Anil Jayasinghe
Page Number: 65
Explanation and Analysis:

Radha Aunty didn’t answer for a moment. “Until a few days ago I only thought of Rajan, but now I find myself thinking of Anil as well.”

Mala Aunty sighed. “It’ll never work.”

“But other Sinhalese and Tamil people get married.”

“I know,” Mala Aunty replied, “but they have their par­ents’ consent.

“If two people love each other, the rest is unimportant.”

“No, it isn’t. Ultimately, you have to live in the real world. And without your family you are nothing.”

Page Number: 77
Explanation and Analysis:
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Anil’s Father Character Timeline in Funny Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Anil’s Father appears in Funny Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Radha Aunty
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
Anil invites Radha Aunty and Arjie inside, and then Anil’s father comes in and sends Anil to go put on a shirt. They all sit down... (full context)