Textual Analysis Essay on Fight Club

1269 Words Nov 12th, 2011 6 Pages
Gina Ferrari
Eric Netterlund
Fall 2011
Textual Analysis Essay

The classic 1996 film Fight Club is a social commentary about our generation, which is in many ways devoid of spirit and marked by consumerism. It is the story of a man's spiritual journey towards enlightenment in modern society and his attempt to find his place in the world. It stresses a post-modern consumer society, reveals the loss of masculine identity amongst gray-collar workers, and examines the social stratification marked by our developing society. It follows the life of the narrator, who is referred to as Jack, (Edward Norton) as he struggles with insomnia and feelings of inadequacy in his desperate search to find meaning in his own life. The film, although
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One night the Narrator returns home he finds that his apartment has been lost to an explosion. With no belongings, no place to stay, and no family to call, he phones Tyler Durden. Tyler’s house is completely falling apart; everything inside is disintegrated and revolting. His house represents the gradual transformation of the Narrators personality. A scene of him and Tyler in a parking lot marks the beginning of “fight club”. Tyler challenges the Narrator to hit him as hard as he can. As the two men swing punches at one another, they become overwhelmed with a feeling power and strength. Fight Club is created, serving as a secret place where men can go to escape the confines of a consumer driven society. Their club instantly turns into Project Mayhem, a group of men who destroy the city during the night. Project Mayhem is the ultimate demise of the materialistic society that Tyler Durden strives to bring to an end. The Narrators oblivion symbolizes the gradual disapproval of Tyler Durden, and the eventual separation from his alter ego.
When one of the men involved in Project Mayhem is killed, the Narrator begins to question Tyler's motives and his plans. Tyler suddenly disappears after the Narrator reveals his feelings of disapproval. When he sets out to find Tyler, he discovers that Fight Clubs have spread across the country and men from hundreds of cities have lost their sanity. When approaching various men from all over the country, he asks if they

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