Fight Club's Criticism of the American Dream Essay examples

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Dystopia- A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control, Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about, when given the definition of a dystopia famous literary works such as 1984 or A Brave New World seem to flutter the mind, but we don’t think of popular books of today that can make just as big of a dystopian impact. Chuck Palahniuk’s gruesomely truthful novel, Fight Club, gives readers a raw look on just how miserable and monotonous the “American Dream” can become. In the generic definition of dystopia it is stated that a dystopia is a futuristic …show more content…
This is demonstrated perfectly in the sculpture called Rush Hour by George Segal, this sculpture shows just how lifeless the city citizens can become, the people in the sculpture are blank slates and look miserable on their way to their mediocre jobs. These feeling are shared by the narrator of Fight Club; he is miserable with his job and begging for an escape from not only his job but an escape from his life all together. He fills the holes of his life at first with IKEA furniture or pretending that he had a life threatening disease in support groups. It wasn’t just that narrator that feels like he had like he had to do something to make his life better, it was also everyone around him as well, “I wasn’t the only slave to my nesting instinct. The people I know who used to sit in the bathroom with pornography, now they sit in the bathroom with their IKEA furniture catalogue.” (page 143). By doing these ludicrous actions he believed that he was making his life better. The narrator like most Americans, attempts to buy his life away, this is one step to conquering the “American Dream”. Most Americans believe that you own is what defines you, at the beginning of novel everyone believed the same thing. When the narrator creates his “perfect” alter ego Tyler Durden, he teaches the narrator and the many members of both fight club and Project Mayhem that “Not everything is about money.” (Page 152) and “You’re not your sad little

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