Feminism And Capitalism In Fight Club By David Fincher

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According to Marx, all of human history has been the history of class struggle. In capitalist societies, antagonism unfolds between the owners of the means of production and the workers. Symptomatic of the worker’s struggle is the effects of exploitation which cause all parts of human life, including one’s life as whole, to become mere commodities to be bought and sold. It is a Marxist belief that the oppression and dissatisfaction of the working class will inevitably lead to a revolt in which the goal is to regain equality. Project Mayhem in David Fincher’s Fight Club can be viewed as a failed Marxist working-class revolt due to the fact that in attempting to reinforce equality for all, it ends up objectifying its members. “The worker becomes all the poorer the more wealth he produces, the more his production increases in power and range. The worker becomes an ever cheaper commodity the more commodities he creates. With the increasing value of the world of things proceeds in direct proportion the devaluation of the world of men.”

Integral to understanding the Marxist antipathy for capitalism is to understand the role of private property in the exploitation of working class members. Historically, private ownership did not begin with capitalism. Prior to capitalism, exploitation stemming from private ownership was present in slave societies and in feudal societies. However, with capitalism, this exploitation takes on a slightly different form. In part, this difference in

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