Fight Club Analysis

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The Critical Impact of the Late Robert Paulson Fight Club: every white man’s favorite movie and my worst nightmare turned reality. Much of the novel version of Fight Club struggles with this issues of toxic masculinity, feminization, and emotional constipation. No character addresses these topics better than Robert Paulson, better known as Big Bob; it is his character that serves as a catalyst for both The Narrator, and Project Mayhem. One of the first major problems addressed in Fight Club is toxic masculinity, and the fear of seeming feminine. Bob encapsulates this problem perfectly through both backstory and physical appearance. The reader is first introduced to Bob with a distinct quote: “Bob’s big arms were closed around me to hold…show more content…
His name is Robert Paulson, and he is the only male character in the support groups to have both a first and last name. Not even the narrator has his name revealed to us. The question is, then, despite the fact that Robert Paulson only appears in the book a handful of times, why is it that he, specifically is given a full name? The first (of many) answer(s), to this question is that Robert Paulson is one of the few characters that gave the narrator an emotional reaction. As stated above, Robert Paulson is emasculated, both physically and emotionally. He serves as a bridge between the feminine and masculine, and as a result, he seems to be more in touch with his feminine side. In fact, Big Bob is one of the only characters that helped the narrator cope with his insomnia. He allows the narrator a chance to cry, hence allowing him to vent his emotions in a safe environment, and allow him to fall asleep at night. Big Bob provides the narrator with the emotional support and comfort he was never able to have. It would be a stretch to say that they were friends, but there was an undeniable bond between the two characters. That bond allowed for them to cry in each other’s arms for mutual support. Part of the reason that Robert Paulson is given a full name is because he is important to the narrator. It could also be argued that there is one other reason Robert Paulson has a full name, beyond his importance to the main character. One could say that Big

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