Fight Club: The repression of masculinity and its effects on society.

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The movie Fight Club is a story of one man's struggle to gain control over his life. His masculinity has become so repressed by his upbringing and society that the only way he can do this is to create an alternate personality. The Narrator's alternate personality is Tyler Durden, the ultimate alpha-male. The Narrator is also interested in Marla Singer, who is going through the same type of struggle that he is except she has more confidence then he does and is a stronger character. The film is of the Narrator's attempt to find that masculine side he has lost and reclaim it into him.

"And suddenly I realize that all of this the guns, the bombs, the revolution, has something to do with a girl named Marla Singer." - Narrator. Marla Singer is the main female character is this film. She is his match. She reflects the Narrator.

They are both people who are on the edge. They are disillusioned with their lives and are looking for an escape. Yet, she seems to be ok with that. This is the main reason why the Narrator cannot feel comfortable with her.

When the Narrator first meets Marla, he is at one of his support groups. He goes to them because he cannot feel anything, he is devoid of emotion. He gets a release from these groups that he cannot get in real life. It is not based on his own feelings, but on the feelings he gets from the people around him. This is why when Marla starts joining the groups he can no longer feel. "Her lie reflected my lie and suddenly I couldn't sleep," the narrator concludes. He confronts Marla with the problem. In the confrontation he realizes that Marla is stronger than him. He has...