While any of your possible thesis topics could make for a great essay, gender theory and the idea of masculinity as a construct would likely prove easiest to argue with Palahniuk's narrative. Psychoanalytic theory and Marxist ideology could be lenses through which we view Fight Club, but the question of what it means to be a man at the end of the twentieth century is what the novel is truly about.
Palahniuk has been quoted as saying:
bookstores were full of books like The Joy Luck Club and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How to Make an American Quilt. These were all novels that presented a social model for women to be together. But there was no novel that presented a new social model for men to share their lives.
Essentially, Chuck Palahniuk raises the question of modern man's search for his place in the world. He writes in the book, "We are God's middle children" (141). The argument is being made that there is nothing unique or noteworthy about modern man or the modern notion of...
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