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Analysis of Fight Club (1999)

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An analysis of the film Fight Club Within the contexts of both the real and virtual; and the society's definition of masculinity, the movie Fight Club clearly defines an amazing perspective from which an enlightened analysis can be made; and a thoroughly comprehensive, fairly unbiased inference and can be reached. Fight Club makes a mockery of ostentatious lifestyles with a view to generating an absolutely balanced and realizable masculine personality. The "real" man. Set in (the then) present day Manhattan, Fight Club carefully outlines the everyday struggles of the average everyday man whose priorities revolve around three basic concepts. Power, influence, and respect. The means through which he acquires these three 'necessities' vary, but the truth of the matter remains that every man lives by a set of rules, ideologies and principles which govern his entire lifestyle. The role of the media in the society's myopic definition of the perfect man is also exposed in Fight Club, as the movie on a good number of occasions makes indisputable reference to media influence on the general public. Fight Club goes a step further in its expose by roping in the government and the powers that be. More precisely, Fight Club lashes out at the Government and the upper class citizens of the society. Those who are acknowledged as 'real men' merely because they had been smart enough to ride the waves of accomplishment generated by their subordinates. These subordinates in the genuine sense of the word, are the real Men. ...read more.


Now Marla is naturally a woman, but in the actual sense of the word, Marla is more of a man than the narrator is. Why? Marla had succeeded in doing everything the narrator couldn't. Despite her unhealthy smoking habits and her carefree lifestyle, Marla was more alive than ever. Marla had evolved her personality to a level where the only things that mattered were the only things she needed. Food, water, shelter, and as often as possible o******c s*x. Marla lived by a philosophy that said she could die at any time, the only problem was that she didn't. This philosophy liberated her of every sort of unnecessary attachments to material possessions. The narrator refers to Tyler as a projectionist meaning he was saddled with the responsibility of placing movie reels together. Tyler was so good at this job that even a humming bird couldn't catch Tyler at work. This goes to explain the flashes of Tyler Durden we see at strategic points in the early scenes of the movie. Our first glimpse of Tyler at work is in the hospital where the nameless narrator attempts to get highly effective sleeping pills to battle his insomnia. Another flash of Tyler at work is at the testicular cancer men's support group. There are two possible meanings to this explanation. This could either mean that Tyler's flashes appear every time the nameless narrator is in a situation that had been triggered as a response to one or more of Tyler's actions. ...read more.


This I believe is the actual concept behind project mayhem. Project Mayhem was Tyler's very own gift to society. He gave back to society in two ways. He encouraged the sad, and the downcast, and the downtrodden lower class people of the society by getting back at the upper class people through his restaurant destroying job, alongside the Fight Club's destruction of landmarks and structures that belonged to the powerful, the wealthy, and the government. Fight Clubs became a menace to the government. The government referred to the Fight Clubs that sprung up all over the city as a terrorist group, but Tyler and his companions thought of themselves as a group of Freedom fighters. In the words of a well renowned intellectual and media analyst, "...every freedom fighter is a terrorist, and every terrorist is a freedom fighter..." - Ben Wheeler This is in more ways than one a statement valid beyond reasonable doubt. Everyone with the zeal or desire to liberate the masses from the control of the Government is referred to as a terrorist by the government, but to the people for whom such a person fights he is a hero. This is the case as we see it in Fight Club. It is only logical to say conclusively that the movie goes an awfully long way to unveil the truth behind the society's myopic definition of masculinity, and man's mutilated idea of his persona and existence. Fight Club is about as clear to the perfect truth as it gets, so i'll say its a great movie by all standards. ...read more.

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