Bachelor of Arts in English
Margaret Case, Ph.D.
Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel Fight Club features Bob, Chloe, and a narrator who, at various times in the novel, conform to both male and female traditional gender roles. This novel does not simply endorse the abandonment of these traditional gender roles. Instead, it endorses a balance of both masculine and feminine characteristics and behaviors across the sexes.This reading reveals Bob’s unsuccessful attempt to achieve that balance in contrast to Chloe’s swift and successful transformation. The narrator’s evolution towards that balance is slower and more complicated – it also involves the abandonment of consumerism as he develops in emotional maturity.
Jared, Wolf, "Breaking the First Rule of Fight Club: An Analysis of Gendered Social Reformation" (2012). English Theses. 89.