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After reading Ham on Rye Fight Club and Ghost World three books that represent contemporary American culture or for the most part contemporary western culture i noticed that they portrayed similiar overall traits of what society has become In a conformistically adequated society the non-conformist usually rebels against social norms through the use of violence and sex These two innate instincts fulfill the need to escape from a world of structure and compliance in order to fit in Therefore people who engage in such activities are usually branded by society as bad people unfit to ever achieve the American Dream These three novels depict the stresses society puts on its members on three different levels Although each novel is different from the other they all demonstrate one common denominatorsome people choose to not to conform The protagonist in Fight Club is a normal every day guy He does not appear to be a freak Yet he realizes that he is imprisoned by the comodified world that surrounds him He feels that his material possessions own him In order to rebel he begins a fight club The members of this club use violence as a means to escape pressure and to build-up the self esteem that society has robbed from them The author Chuck Palanuk exemplifies the need to maintain a balance by inventing a fight club for the novel However in the end of the novel the protagonist ends up in a mental institution This is the place along with prison where people who are not capable of coping with social norms belong This shows that niether extreme is good In order to function in society one must realize the mechanical comodites of life and embrace themwithout acting crazy In Ham on Rye we see the need to escape society on another level The story takes place in a low class society through Henry a young boys perspective of life and the difficulties his
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