Class Fight: a Discussion of Resolving the Class Conflict in Fight Club

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Class Fight: A Discussion of Resolving the Class Conflict in Fight Club The class conflict depicted in Chuck Palaniuk’s novel, Fight Club, is one of a struggle between the corporations and wealthy elite that seemingly rule the world and the working-class have-nots who service them. The actions of the said “guerilla terrorists” in fight club and project mayhem seek to sort of even the playing field between the classes by giving the working class a sense of power and control through rebellion. Whether or not these activities serve to resolve the conflict between classes is somewhat dependent on how real this power and control actually is and on the end results for those involved in the struggle. To begin with, the very nature of fight club itself seems to be effective in breaking the class barrier because it allows its members to leave their labels at the door. As one of fight club’s members describes it, “As long as you’re at fight club, you’re not how much money you’ve got in the bank. You’re not your job. You’re not your family, and you’re not who you tell yourself” (143). On any given night, in an empty garage or the basement of a bar somewhere, these men find themselves undefined by society and in a place where class no longer matters. On any given night, all of these men are equals and when it’s all said and done, each man has the opportunity to come out on top. However, this effect is only temporary and when the next work day rolls around, even Tyler, the great mastermind of this experience, has to drag himself back to the corporate world and the day to day grind continues for everyone. As these men return to their lives as the working-class grunts of society, the effects of fight club seem to wear off and it becomes necessary to find more inventive ways of establishing that sense of power once gained through
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