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Fight Club

Fight Club


by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club Theme of Men and Masculinity

From WWE to UFC to sumo wrestling, men just love ripping off their shirts and getting into big sweaty fights. We're not sure why, but we do know that the men in Fight Club are no different. They want to take over the world, and they're not going to do it with brains. No, brains are for women. These men are going to take over with muscle and pure explosive power. Grunt!

Questions About Men and Masculinity

  1. Does Fight Club accurately portray men? Is it a one-sided portrayal or is it more nuanced than it might seem?
  2. Bob's big bosom is a result of too much testosterone causing an increase in estrogen. Is Palahniuk trying to show us that it's possible for a man to be too masculine? Or is he making a different statement?
  3. What are the men in fight club really fighting about or against?

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