Category Archives: LITERATURE

LITERATURE: Lord of The Flies – Timeline

Even as this is a linear narrative–and it works best as the plotting is critically based on linearity and the change in the characters the longer they are on their own on the island–there is no real base set of … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Lord of The Flies – Symbolism in a Simile

Sometimes you read something that just strikes you to the heart with meaning, and likely, the writer’s skill. Piggy wore the remainders of a pair of shorts, his fat body was golden brown, and the glasses still flashed when he … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Up Next – Lord of The Flies

Saw the movie on this a long time ago; thought it was about time I read the book. The general theme of the novel is a question of human nature and what is innate and what is learned. At least … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Finale

In my father’s house are many mansions. Of course, when I pulled the trigger, I died. Liar. And Tyler died.¬† (pg. 206) This is the opening of the last chapter. I wouldn’t call it a spoiler; it’s as vague in … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Human Nature

There are certain elements of human nature–instinct, desire, jealousy, cunning–that I have no doubt are fine-tuned by evolution, good or bad, but truly enduring. This story at various points has hit me as a mix of A Clockwork Orange and … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – More on Theme

The fight club has expanded into Project Mayhem as its next step, and more and more guys are swelling the membership. They accept and live by the rules. Understandably, there are always people who will join the most outrageous movement … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Theme

I’m beginning to focus on a theme here, and I believe that this segment where the narrator is discussing Project Mayhem, may reveal it best: When Tyler invented Project Mayhem, Tyler said the goal of Project Mayhem had nothing to … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Leit Motif?

There are many repetitive statements made in Fight Club, and I’m wondering if they qualify as leit motif. Arson meets on Monday Assault on Tuesday Mischief meets on Wednesday¬† (pg. 119) This is the schedule of Project Mayhem. Palahniuk also … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Buildup of Plot

Palahniuk has taken much time in building the environment of the story, depending upon the reader to like the protagonist before hitting us with some less likeable characteristics. What the narrator has done so far, for example, going to all … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Simile and Metaphor in One

Palahniuk’s use of a blunt voice in this book doesn’t preclude the beauty of his use of language: The moment Marla is out the door, Tyler appears back in the room Fast as a magic trick. My parents did this … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Comment on Society

Most good novels have some relevance to the current atmosphere of society when written, whether political or of a social nature. The interesting thing is that these reference to conflicts, tensions, or topics uppermost in society’s minds at the time … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Non-linear Narrative and Hypertext

I love the way Palahniuk handles time here. Of course, the opening chapter, with the narrator with a gun in his mouth and a building about to blow leaves us hanging at three minutes to explosion. Therefore, it becomes obvious … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Fight Club – Writing Style & Language

I really think I’m going to like this book. The writing style, as I mentioned, is very much in the style of a first person detective novel. But the roughness of the voice is softened by a personality who is … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: Up Next – Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

A few pages in and I could already see a huge difference in writing styles between Palahniuk and coming off Peter Taylor. Palahniuk punches out his words (no, I didn’t plan that metaphor, but it’s surprisingly in alignment with the … Continue reading

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LITERATURE: A Summons to Memphis – Finale

I can see where some of today’s readers may feel that this book is boring, lacking real page-turning excitement, and perhaps even call it a navel-gazer. It is, despite the potential for a collision course set by the narrator in … Continue reading

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