kafka fight club

kafka fight club - Brett Ford April 24th, 2008 English...

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Brett Ford Ford 1 April 24 th , 2008 English Steinberger Bugs and Thugs: Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” vs. Palahniuk’s Fight Club Gregory was a cockroach. Jack was a madman. Both had become so overnight. Their stories run eerily parallel. “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka tells the tale of a man so caught up in his work, run ragged in order to support his family that he turns into a bug. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk gives Jack, a man who is trapped in his own life of monotony and jet lag by the constraints of society. He creates an outlet to escape his insomniac state by creating, and becoming Tyler Durden. Both of these transformations cause each character more trouble than they were in to begin with. These stories, written years apart, show the same repeating conflicts. Whether it was hiding under a bench out of view, or beating another man’s face into a formless, bloody mess, both characters, Jack and Gregory, cope with their changes, until it becomes their undoing. These parallels of transformation, conflict, and downfall all are glaring, and show the similarities in time between the anxiety of pre-war Germany and the monotony of today’s capitalist business world. Jack’s life was miserable. His outlook on life was far from positive. Not only was he unhappy, but he was stagnant, making no progress in improving his life, It used to be enough that when I came home angry and knowing that my life wasn’t toeing my five-year-plan, I could clean my condominium or detail my car.
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Someday I’d be dead without a scar and there would be one really nice condo and car. Really, really nice, until the dust settled. (Palahniuk 49) Ford 2 Jack was completely and utterly alone. He was a recall inspector for a major car company, always traveling, inspecting crashes, and hating his job and his life. He would go home after work, not out with friends, not to the bar. His only other activity besides work was his visits to support groups, his desperate cure for insomnia. Gregory Samsa’s life was similar. He would wake in the morning, get dressed and go to work. When he came home he would retreat to his room, go to sleep, and repeat the process the next morning. Of course, when he turned into a giant bug, he was even more alone. Locked away in his bedroom by his family, his only human contact was the mere seconds his sister spent in the room as she set his food out for him; of course during this action, Gregory was busy hiding out of sight, “She came a little earlier than usual… Gregory, of course, hid under the couch immediately” (Kafka 1982). The isolation of protagonists is consistent throughout history. These men are alone because they do not fit into society. Gregory and Jack are both protagonists, although their tales are portrayed
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