Essay on Setting Analysis – “Fight Club”

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Setting Analysis – “Fight Club” “My boss doesn’t know the material, but he won’t let me run the demo with a black eye and half my face swollen from the stitches inside my cheek”(Palahniuk, par. 1). Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” deals with a man frustrated on many different levels; from his childhood to present day life. Fight Clubs' setting contributes to what makes Fight Club such a powerful story. The narrator who is never named, starts off in chapter six with what could be described as an office hell; complete with empty smiles and feeble minded speak of which color icon they will use for office reports. The beginning of chapter six reminds the reader of mindless zombie office speak and a lack of life, that is all too common in …show more content…
The reader is able to better understand and usually has feelings of not only sympathy for the narrators experience but empathy as well. If the super ego can be defined as what holds our internalized moral standards and ideals we acquire; a simple sense of wright and wrong, then how could we define the narrators sense of wright and wrong? I would argue that the morality is decided by the audience. And, if the id is driven by the pleasure principle, which strives for immediate gratification of all desires; then the narrator is also only limited by the readers own thought. The explanation behind fight club is that there is no explanation; it's completely subjective. Even though the id and the superego can be defined and identified, who is to say that the narrator and Tyler is the answer? The obvious choice would be to say that the narrator and Tyler are the same person. That the narrator is the light side and Tyler the dark. That, Tyler is the dark id to the narrators superego. I object to that hypothesis as the easy way out. Of course, there is evidence that support this theory, but couldn't it be said that the opposite is also true? If Tyler and the narrator are the same person then the light and dark are interchangeable. Isn't it true that the narrator is very antagonizing, aggressive and confrontational in the office environment? Couldn't that be seen as grounds to call the narrator dark? In fact, Tyler is only around during fight club, and fight

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