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The First Rule Is... Materialism, an ideal that says the more stuff you have, the better person you are, encompasses many people and tricking them to become "super-consumers." In this day and age in America, people (Group A) believe that owning many objects leads to the road of happiness. They believe the more money you make and the more you own. Some other people (Group B) out there believe that the aforementioned are crazy. Group B believes that the road of destruction that Group A chooses must come to an end and we must get back to basics. I'm sure they do not mean back to caveman days, but to days were one person equals the next. A day when wealth and poverty become abolished and classes of people dissolve. "The first rule of fight club is that you do not talk about fight club." The ever occurring line that lies throughout the cleverly titled movie, Fight Club, transforms from just a rule to a battle cry for the revolution. Fight Club tells a story of the king super-consumer and his search for the way out of his ultimate materialistic life. Fight Club denounces the consumerism lifestyle and starts a revolution of change, to get back to simpler times and equality. At the beginning of Fight Club we see "Jack", "a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct." ...read more.


Is it essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No." Tyler right away exploits how caught up in buying the American people are. He then asks, "What are we?" in which Jack answers, "Consumers." "Right, we are the by-products of a lifestyle obsession." Tyler continues of who the real tragedies do not concern us, like murder and poverty. All we are concerned about is "having some guy's name on my underwear" and sofa units and everything else. "I say stop being perfect, let's evolve. Let the chips fall as they may." Tyler believes that would should stop worrying about the public image and just take the cards as they are dealt. In the midst of all this, Jack gets caught up in everything Tyler is saying, as if he eyes are being opened for the first time, "It's just stuff, it's not a tragedy." Tyler ends the conversation by saying, "The stuff you own end up owning you." This sums up Tyler's entire philosophy. All the things Jack owned ended up controlling his life up until the point to where he always went insane after he lost it all. "I want you to do me a favor; I want you to hit me as hard as you can." Jack is appalled that Tyler has asked him this. "How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?" ...read more.


Our generation has had no Great War or Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives." Again, Tyler driving home the fact that they are a generation of consumers deceived by the world telling them they should be such. This generation was had no significant, life-changing event in which possibly they could take something from it and learn, evolve. They were just spoon fed ideas and advertising and told to be something that they should not be. Project Mayhem is an in-your-face force denouncing consumerism and army out to make a change. Led by a head strong figure, Project Mayhem was a brotherhood. "We are a generation raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need." From the beginning, Tyler states that women are weak and would have no place in the revolution He believes woman are probably the problem, so then by allowing women to join, the solution may never be found. Project Mayhem was there from the beginning. It was fight club. Tyler had this plan all along. He started small and gradually made it bigger and bigger, almost unstoppable. Consumerism, in my view, should be eliminated. Fight club and Project Mayhem are much like communism. Two very good ideas, but never worked. Why? There was a madman at the helm and led it to its destruction. Fight Club had good ideas and somewhat good intentions. It did not help its cause that the man leading fight club and Project Mayhem was a schizophrenic.' Troy Neeley Eng. 101 5/8/2007 ...read more.

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