Fight club confused masculinity

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Fight club confused masculinity

  1. 1. Fight Club - confused masculinity<br />
  2. 2. REFLECTION<br />Both the author, Palahniuk and the director have said that the story of Fight Club reflects and explores real men’s lives today.<br />Palahniuk said he wrote hi book ‘in public’ by talking to real men in diners, bars, coffee shops and their work places.<br />Fincher said that the unnamed narrator is “an everyman. Every young man”<br />
  3. 3. Fight Club and collective identity<br />3 principle examples of the modern man’s confusion over masculine roles and what being a ‘man’ actually means:<br />
  4. 4. First example: the life of the narrator pre- Fight Club<br />Based on an illusion of materialist accumulation and career hierarchy. But he is in limbo.<br />The pursuits of these false goals= no male friends, no sexual partner in the ‘nest’ apartment, no physically demanding work or action-based solution to problems. No libido: “we used to read pornography; now we read the IKEA catalogue”. Sees himself through his meaningless possessions- “a refrigerator full of designer condiments and no food”.<br />He is emasculated by pursuit of consumerism <br />
  5. 5. Second example: The ‘Remaining Men Together: testicular cancer group’<br />This group is compromised of men who have attempted to conform to traditional roles, but who have failed. They have been emasculated by castration<br />First speaker- talks of ambition to be a father, a goal he will never achieve; the ultimate insult is that wife has abandoned him and procreated with another man.<br />Bob- pathetic and grotesquely breasted. His attempt to attain a traditional male image, the Muscle Man has resulted in the exact opposite and becoming feminised.<br />
  6. 6. Third example: the group of men in Fight Club <br />Supposed to be the ‘solution’ to the problems of confused masculinity. But it eventually turns into another form of the same confusion: the neo-fascist-anarchist ‘Project Mayhem’. This form of ‘male fundamentalism’ is, ultimately as empty as the other male roles it reacts against. <br />

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