Fight Club Essay

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Fight Club

David Flincher's movie, Fight Club, shows how consumerism has caused the emasculation of the modern male and reveals a tale of liberation from a corporate controlled society. Society's most common model of typical man is filthy, violent, unintelligent, immature, sexist, sex hungry, and fundamentally a caveman. In essence Tyler Durden, is the symbolic model for a man. He is strong enough to withstand from society's influences and his beliefs to remain in tact. Jack, the narrator, on the other hand is the opposite. He is a weak, squeamish, skinny man who has not been able to withstand society's influence; therefore, he is the Ikea fetish. Unlike Tyler, Jack is weak minded. Both Jack and Tyler are polar opposite models of men in society's masculinity scale.

We are hinted to this symbolic theme when the story starts initiating with Jack in a men's support group for men who have testicular cancer. The castration and feminization of the male character is exposed through the testicular cancer support group. The men in this group have lost the very fundamental nature of their manhood, their testicles. The penis itself is a symbol for all men, so these men are not only having genital problems but also characteristic problems. We see one man standing up, talking about how his wife left him while the rest of the men nodding with compassion. They then chanted about how they are still men to encourage themselves that they are and break up into pairs, hug each other, and weep. (needs to rephrase to make it clear.)Society's pessimistic model of men dictates than men who infrequently find support for such private matters as testicular cancer. The society shows a low image of what society considers a real man to appear in this man (who's this man), yet it considered to be a successful weird man, turning into a powerful unsuccessful man. Society has taken the very essential feature of being a man and taken it away creating a more feminine man. The term itself almost leaves us with an image of a castrated man. (explain more what is consider a real man)

For instance, Bob's character which Jack meets at one of the support groups who is emasculated. (Fragment) Bob was a champion bodybuilder, an autonomous and strong male, but had his testicles detached and his hormone disproportion caused him to produce enormously large breasts and his voice to become higher (do you mean deeper). Therefore, Bob goes to a testicular cancer group so he could share his feelings, have strength and courage, to cry. He was previously a strong and independent male, but now he is pathetic and dependent. Bob becomes more of a woman than a man because of how society views what a real man considers. It is because of Bob's big breast and his feminine side has made him become emasculated. So, Bob somehow decided to join the Fight Club to make him not so emasculated.

Returning to the men at the meeting who had divorced from their wives, we realize that...

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