Social Satire in Chuck Palahniuk’s Cult Fiction, Fight Club
This paper analyses American novelist Chuck Palahniuk’s debut novel, Fight Club, written in 1996, as a depiction of post-modern consumerist culture which is submerging in the pangs of late capitalism where everything merely turns to be a copy of a copy of a copy. The novel which is identified as a cult fiction had its beginning as a short story in the compilation Pursuit of Happiness. The novel serves as a dismantling of the American dream where the narrator who is the nameless protagonist, falls into chronic insomnia and even into schizophrenia or split personality disorder. The aftermath of the baby boomerang generation has resulted in a total alienation and dissociation from the culture that they inherit. The masculinity is threatened and there emerges male existentialism in the wake of nihilistic attitudes. These aspects are looked from the angle of a social satire. As a transgressive fiction, Palahniuk uses the techniques of repetition and minimalism in Fight Club. This paper also looks into how chaos theory finds a place in the novel where narrator’s tendency for destruction is for replacing it with a much better version. Fight Club portrays a lot of problems but does not care to offer any solace in answers. It is a portrayal of raw humanity and outrageously satirical.
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