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Fight Club Handout 2

Fight Club Handout 2

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Published by: Aaron Wynne on Oct 03, 2011
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Sara MacakMamadou DjiguimdeAaron Wynne
Fight Club: an Exploration of Consumerism, Masculinity and Terrorism
Thesis:
 Fight club
explores the grounds on which capitalism via consumerism leads to ametaphorical castration of men. In an attempt to gain back their masculinity, men makesuse of self inflicted corporal violence to access their real essence; they also turnconsumerism against itself as a way to fight capitalist system. In a bizarre way, however,the resemblances between the premise of this movie and the 9/11 terrorist attacked on theU.S. soil are so astounding that we are inclined to speculate that
 Fight Club
provides areading of the terrorist attack in many ways.
At the moment of release, many reviewers discuss the themes of the fear of losing masculinity,the fear of Y2K, and the hyper-violence of the film as a way to reassert their masculinity.
 
Paula Nechak of the Seattle P.I. states: The role of the male in our society and culture hascome under tremendous scrutiny lately.
 
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says: It's about how to not feel dead as y2k approaches.
 
Bret Easton Ellis of Gear Magazine said: Rages against hypocracy of a society thatpromises us the impossible...a relentless dizzying take on the male fear of losing power.
MASCULINITY
 
 
Psychological castration
 
Men reverting to their most primitive
 
Masculinity being sold
CONSUMERISM
 
SCENE ANALYSIS
 
HUMAN WASTE
TERRORISM
 
Similar Fights
 
Glamorized ViolenceBibliography
Hewitt, Andrew. “Masochism and Terror:
Fight Club
and the Violece of Neo-Fascist

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