The modern alienated male: A comparison of Dostoevsky and Palahniuk

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2003-12
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Ashbaugh, Heidi
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This paper compares the main characters in the novels Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Both the differences and similarities between the two characters are the subject of examination. The cultural changes and advancements around each character impact them adversely, both directly and indirectly. Neither character is able to relate well to others socially, which leads to feelings of alienation, In an effort to relieve their feelings of frustration and alienation, they adopt strong ideological standpoints, but this adoption only succeeds in further alienating them from those around them. Part of their inability to fit in and adjust is either due to, or caused by, the psychological problems both characters suffer from. In conclusion, both works reflect realistic members of a universal society who are desperately seeking for help and meaning in life.

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Language, literature, and linguistics, Chuck Palahniuk, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Comparative literature, Slavic literature, American literature
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