The narrator states that emasculation has been caused by the consumer culture. He finds solace in a support group for people with testicular cancer (Collado 47). In my opinion, this is a metaphor that is meant to support the idea for emasculation. During his interactions with members of the support group, he met Bob, who was a former body builder. Jack learns that as a result of the testicular cancer, Bob has started to develop feminine features such as breasts. The narrator tried to comfort the crying Bob when he rasped in a high pitched voice, which also signifies his loss of manhood and emasculation.The consumer culture emasculates men through the creation of false ideas that are based on images that motivate men to assume contradictory images. These images also motivate men to change themselves in line with the emerging trends. In this case, Jack longed to be an alpha-male. Durden helps Jack to achieve his idealized image of an alpha-male because he felt emasculated. In order to move from this burden of emasculation, Jack created ideas about the image of a man (Packer 53). Durden’s role is to help Jack free himself from the burden of emasculation. During the initial stages of the story, the audience meets an emasculated Jack who seeks identity and solace in different social help groups. He also finds identity in a number of consumable products, instead of finding his identity within himself.During the meeting between Jack and Durden, the two are seated next to each other during a flight. Durden reads out the emergency instructions to Jack, which led Jack to comment that the person who would take the seat had great responsibilities to open the emergency door. This instance highlights the theme of emasculation because Jack is not willing to take the responsibility of opening the emergency door (Brunn 18). In fact Durden proposed a change in seating to which Jack replied, “I am not sure that I am the man for that job” (Palahniuk 68). Jack’s lack of a sense of responsibility and confidence is an indication that he is an emasculated male. In another instance, Jack describes his relationship with Tyler. According to Jack, the two “were like Ozzie and Harriet” (Palahniuk 58). This confuses the reader because of the analogous pairing. Additionally, one of the airport attendants outlined Jack as an emasculated male when she said
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