Fight Club presents the dispute that men in today 's society have been ultimately reduced to a culture of unwillingness; a generation that does not have the courage nor strength to do anything for themselves anymore, but instead have become anesthetized with watching others. Masculinity thus becomes a product, a tangible form that serves as a medium for another man’s use. Throughout the chapters that were assigned to be read, chapter two certainly is where Palahniuk sets this tone. He first uses Bob’s physical appearance which contradicts his emotional and mental state masculinity wise. The narrator first describes Bob as having “broad shoulders and a body builder statue” only to be sobbing on the narrator’s shoulders (16). Masculinity in today’s day and age, revolves around acting and looking “tough”, which is short for not expressing deep emotions. "Being a man" then beco...
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...he author explained the mindset soldiers carried with them during the Vietnam War. He says:
They carried shameful memories. They carried the common secret of cowardice barely restrained, the instinct to run or freeze or hide, and in many respects this was the heaviest burden of all, for it could never be put down, it required perfect balance and perfect posture. They carried their reputations. They carried the soldier 's greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing. Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to. It was what had brought them to the war in the first place, nothing positive, no dreams of glory or honor, just to avoid the blush of dishonor. They died so as not to die of embarrassment (647).
Men would rather die than to not look masculine. To go even step further, war was created through man’s masculinity. This relates fight club due to how
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