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MARXISM ­ AN OVERVIEW
MARXISM IS A CONFLICT THEORY BASED ON THE IDEAS OF KARL MARX,
SEEING CAPITALISM AS THE ROOT OF INEQUALITY & DIVISION. MARXISM
BELIEVES THE BOURGEOISIE (RULING CLASS) EXPLOIT THE LABOUR OF
THE PROLETARIAT (WORKING CLASS).
KARL MARX PREDICTED THAT THE PROLETARIAT WOULD UNITE TO
OVERTHROW CAPITALISM AND CREATE A CLASSLESS SOCIETY.…read more

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FIGHT CLUB & MARXISM
`THE NARRATOR' IS DEEMED A GREY
COLLAR WORKER. ALTHOUGH HE HAS
MANY IDENTITIES (CORNELIUS, RUPERT,
JACK), THE AUDIENCE NEVER DISCOVER
HIS REAL NAME ­ THIS REINFORCES THE
IDEA THAT HE IS SIMPLY ANOTHER
PROLETARIAT BEING EXPLOITED BY
CAPITALISM.
LATER IN THE FILM, TYLER DURDEN REFERS TO FIGHT CLUB
MEMBERS AS "SLAVES WITH WHITE COLLARS", THIS IS A DIRECT LINK
TO `THE NARRATOR' AND THE WAY THE EVERYMAN IS EXPLOITED &
MARGINALISED IN CAPITALIST SOCIETY.…read more

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CONSUMERISM
"I'D FLIP THROUGH CATALOGUES AND
WONDER, WHAT KIND OF DINING SET
DEFINES ME AS A PERSON?"
THE NARRATOR SEEKS FOR AN
IDENTITY THROUGH MATERIALISM,
HE IS RELATIVELY DEPRIVED AND
FEELS THE NEED TO HAVE WHAT
OTHERS HAVE TO GAIN MEANING.
THE USE OF PRODUCT PLACEMENT IN
FIGHT CLUB EMPHASISES CONSUMERISM
AND MATERIALISM, SHOWING HOW
SOCIETY IS OBSESSED WITH MARKETING
& CAPITALISM.…read more

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TYLER: ANTI-CONSUMERISM
"ADVERTISING HAS US CHASING CARS & CLOTHES, WORKING JOBS WE HATE SO
WE CAN BUY SHIT WE DON'T NEED."
"THE THINGS YOU OWN END UP OWNING YOU"
"YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB, YOU ARE NOT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE IN THE BANK, YOU ARE
NOT THE CAR YOU DRIVE, YOU ARE NOT THE CONTENTS OF YOUR WALLET, YOU'RE NOT YOUR
FUCKING KAKIS, YOU ARE THE ALL SINGING, ALL DANCING CRAP OF THE WORLD"
"IT'S ONLY AFTER WE'VE LOST EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE FREE TO DO ANYTHING"…read more

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FIGHT CLUB & MARXISM
"TOO MUCH SCHOOL"
THIS SHOWS HOW EDUCATION IS AN IDEOLOGY
USED TO CONTROL PEOPLE'S NORMS & VALUES
IN ORDER TO BENEFIT CAPITALISM.
"I'M ALIVE AND I'M IN POVERTY"
MARLA REINFORCES THE IDEA OF CLASS
DIVISIONS, SUGGESTING THAT THE STATE
HAS LET HER DOWN ­ SHE HAS TO SELL
STOLEN CLOTHES & EATS STOLEN FOOD
(MEALS ON WHEELS)…read more

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