Topics in Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club”


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Topics in Chuck Palahniuk's "Fight Club"
Fight Club Topic 1: What is IKEA? IKEA is a furniture outlet from Sweden. It is now very popular throughout the world, selling all sorts of furnishings, kitchenware and other household knickknacks. This furniture outlet is known for its low prices and the tastefulness of its design. It is also known for being less expensive because the customer has to put the furniture together at home. This store is very popular with young people, including students, who like low prices and hip design.
Another association with IKEA is complacency. People who like IKEA are happy to have a nice home. According to Palahniuk, "I wasn't the only slave to my nesting instinct. The people I know who used to sit in the...
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.....means the glycerin is a bomb component. It is also a way of shoring up the soap metaphor.
When the narrator says “Everyone smiles with that invisible gun to their head” (9), he is getting at the thing that Durden’s soap is intended to wash away. His soap is intended to wash away the mental clutter and anxiety that comes from constant gratification and the constant need for more.
Notice that Durden’s soap being like a bomb is a much more powerful symbol than the symbol of the invisible gun. The mental clutter of consumerist wants are like pistols pointed at our desires. Durden’s soap would rid us of those needling pressures with an incredible explosion, or washing away.
Palahniuk, Chuck. Fight Club. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996.