The Role Of Masculinity In Fight Club

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Males used to have a clearly defined role as ‘hunter / provider’ but in modern society are not sure of their status or how they should behave. The feminised support group are represented as pathetic as they cry and hug, they have lost touch with their masculinity. Bob is a comic figure, a gross caricature of an emasculated man with no balls and bitch tits, although we will grow to like him as he returns to being a ‘real’ man with fight club. The group’s masculinity is literally or symbolic castrated; in opposition to Tyler’s phallic power we see their (basket) balls removed and stacked in the gym. The narrator feels emasculated because of his consumer driven life, but the men in the support group represent the physical manifestation of emasculation.
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