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Masculinity in Fig

  1. 1. MALE REPRESENTATION<br />“We’re designed to be hunters and we’re in a society of shopping”<br /> - Tyler<br />Objectives:<br />To analyse the representation of Masculinity in ‘Fight Club’. <br />To outline and analyse the binary opposites that exist between the Narrator and Tyler. <br />
  2. 2. Starter<br />Annotate the body outline with the features, signifiers of traditional masculinity. Be as creative as you like <br />
  3. 3. Masculinity: Social Context Feminism<br />Traditional male roles: Cowboy; Hunter; Defender; Achiever; Warrior; Breadwinner<br />Exposed as myths by the feminist movement<br />Men left without a clear identity after Feminism questioned the role of man<br />Traditional Male roles/unachievable images of strength ALSO imprisoned men <br /><ul><li>Repressed male rage – Frustration about:
  4. 4. The Feminization of Man and an increase in ‘consumption’
  5. 5. Repressed ‘Raw’ Masculinity
  6. 6. The dehumanizing effects of corporate consumer culture</li></li></ul><li>The ‘New Man’<br /><ul><li>The ‘new man’ has lost touch with his masculine ‘core’
  7. 7. The ‘real man’ has been lost by consumerism and the media
  8. 8. Film depicts mens’ frustration at the media’s ‘feminisation’ of men
  9. 9. Mans obsession with consumerism has replaced traditional male symbols: strength, honour
  10. 10. Attacks lack of male role models – men raised by women due to men working
  11. 11. Fight Club attempts to reassert supposedly ‘obsolete’ Violent, Mindless Masculinity</li></li></ul><li>The Narrator<br />As you watch the clip and with the knowledge we have already gained make notes on:<br />How is the Narrator presented to us a ‘man in crisis’?<br />What does the Narrator’s ‘Power Animal’ say about the state of contemporary masculinity?<br />
  12. 12. Norton (The narrator)<br /><ul><li>Introduced by credits hurtling through his brain
  13. 13. The ‘Unreliable Narrator’ – gains audiences trust but is untrustworthy due to his mental state
  14. 14. The ‘new man’ character – he is ‘emasculated’
  15. 15. Consumerist: Job + Possessions + Clothes + Car = Happiness
  16. 16. His male status is an illusion – accumulation of possessions but no happiness
  17. 17. Traditional male role is lost – no male friends, no sexual partner, no libido, no ‘action’ job
  18. 18. Fantasises about dying </li></li></ul><li>Mise en Scene & The Narrator<br /><ul><li>Mise en scene depicts the Narrator in a constricted, unsettled world
  19. 19. Spaces which constrain him/give a sense of confinement; Low ceilings cluttered sets; no colour (chiaroscuro)
  20. 20. TRAPPED in his suit</li></li></ul><li>The Narrator’s ‘Power Animal’<br /><ul><li>What does the Narrator’s ‘Power Animal’ say about the state of contemporary masculinity?
  21. 21. Power Animals: Lion? Tiger? Shark? Penguin
  22. 22. Connotations of the Penguin:
  23. 23. Small; Incapable of Flight; Childish; Harmless; Tuxedo/wears a suit
  24. 24. Penguin is juxtaposed against Narrator’s dream of masculine empowerment </li></li></ul><li>Remaining Men Together<br />We are introduced to two men that have attempted to conform to traditional roles of masculinity and failed. <br />In what ways have they both been emasculated?<br />
  25. 25. Bob<br /><ul><li>Bob’s character is seen through the eyes of the ‘Unreliable Narrator’ –
  26. 26. Norton’s unstable perspective: How he see’s contemporary man:
  27. 27. A muscleman with breasts (Traditional Masculinity V’s the New Man)
  28. 28. In trying to attain ideal male physique gets breasts!
  29. 29. Gives maternal, feminine care to Narrator </li></li></ul><li>Question<br />How does the intro to Fight Club present the ‘new man’?<br />15 minutes – use examples. <br />
  30. 30. Starter/Re-cap<br />Annotate the features of the new man presented to us by Fight Club all around the body outline. <br />You can be as creative as you like. <br />
  31. 31. Tyler<br />Watch the clip. <br />What role does Tyler play in the narrative?<br />What does he embody & how is he different to the Narrator?<br />
  32. 32. Tyler<br />Played by Brad Pitt – the star most men would want to play them in a movie of their life<br />Male aspiration figure for the Narrator – his care-free, hot ideal alter ego: answers to nobody<br /><ul><li>Created from frustration and repressed rage</li></ul>Introduced wearing sunglasses, leather jacket, chiseled jaw, spiked hair, a colourful juxtaposition against the ‘grey’ suited Narrator <br />Everything the narrator isn’t:<br />Charismatic, Sexually Dominant<br />Aggressive, Powerful, in charge of his own destiny <br />Tyler rejects consumerism/ materialistic lifestyle<br />
  33. 33. Group Task<br />Create a list of the binary opposites that exist between the Narrator and Tyler. <br />Choose one of these and write up your notes in full sentences. <br />
  34. 34. Male Binary Opposites<br /><ul><li>Occupies corporate spaces: Offices, Planes, Hotels
  35. 35. The same as everybody else – just another grey suit (‘A copy of a copy of a copy’)
  36. 36. Occupies shadowy underworld
  37. 37. Outlandish, Flamboyant, Unique, Original – link to Anti Globalization themes</li></li></ul><li>Homework - The Fight Club<br />Watch the clip Intro to Fight Club from the U drive. Make notes on these questions<br />What type of man attends Fight Club?<br />What seems to be the function of it in their lives?<br />Analyse Tyler’s speech – what could this be likened to?<br />How does this notion of masculinity differ from what we have previously been offered by the film?<br />
  38. 38. The Fight Club<br />The creation of ‘The Fight Club’ plays an essential role in freeing the narrator from his crisis of masculinity.<br />Mostly filled by white middle class achievers who feel there material successes are empty, or working class men frustrated by their social status. <br />It is almost like a ‘trial by fire’ initiation ritual for the modern man.<br />The focus of fighting is endurance – taking the beating and defining one’s identity through the pain.<br /><ul><li>Scenes of physical displays of violence in an attempt to find inner ‘man’
  39. 39. Men resort back to a tribal, raw masculinity = another empty role</li></li></ul><li>Question<br />What function does ‘The Fight Club’ play in the film?<br />

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