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Analysis of the Themes in Fight Club Essay

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Analysis of the Themes in Fight Club

It is easy to understand how and why many who view Fight Club (Fincher, 1999) would argue that is in essence a critique of post modern consumer culture within America or indeed the western world. After all we are faced with Character(s) Jack (Edward Norton) who seems to gain no cultural sustenance from the world in which he inhabits. More over it seems to do him harm in the form of insomnia. This coupled with his obsession with Ikea and material goods leads to the creation of Tyler (Brad Pit). Whose apparent goal is the destruction of the capitalist system? The film seems littered with examples of anti consumer, anti capitalist motifs. The blowing up of…show more content…

One of the key issues which Giroux raises is that Fight Club tries to suggest consumerism has destabilized masculinity in effect masculinity has been emasculated. However the film does not seem to concern itself with any details regarding this process of consumerism in terms of economics or practical application. In this respect it is very vague, using what could easily be described as sound bites –especially from Tyler- to fill the gap where debate could be. “Fight Club largely ignores issues surrounding the break up of labour unions, the slashing of the U.S. workforce, extensive plant closings, downsizing, outsourcing, the elimination of the welfare state, the attack on people of colour and growing disparities between rich and poor.” (Giroux, 2000:8). Fight Club seems content to portray consumerism as an all encompassing continuum, which only those who are prepared to understand the world through binary acts of violence and sabotage will be able to negate. This notion is problematic in itself as it implies that everybody within the western world is blind to consumerism. But also the Character of Tyler who Jill Nelmes in ‘Film Studies An

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Fight Club Character Analysis Essay

1666 WordsMay 15th, 20027 Pages

For the following analysis, I will be discussing the movie Fight Club's two main characters. They are "Jack" played by Edward Norton, and Tyler Durden played by Brad Pitt. However the twist to the movie turns out that Jack and Tyler are the same person and Tyler is Jack's real name. Tyler the character is everything that Jack the character is not. The story narration is provided by the protagonist of "Fight Club," "Jack." The ambivalent protagonist, who only refers to himself as "Jack." An ambivalent protagonist, usually the main character, is someone the audience likes, but who possesses character flaws. The character "Jack" is a character the audience will feel sympathy for and even come to like. However, it is obvious he has serious…show more content…

He says it is amazing how much people care when they think you are dying. Durden on the other hand is a man with little scruples. He is not an evil man. He just wants to wake people up from the perpetual dream world that they live in and he will go to any lengths to achieve his vision of setting people free. He lives in an old house that was most likely condemned a century ago. It sits in front of an old factory. His nearest neighbor is a mile and half away. Tyler makes and sells soap. He also has other jobs that afford him time to do not so pleasant things such as urinate in soup at high class restaurants and splice objectionable images into family films in major theater chains. Tyler has no rules, no limits, but he gives no breaks either, you either follow him or are against him. Tyler tries to better people in weird off the wall ways. Whereas Jack is such the sheep that he follows everyone else as compared to Tyler who is the one who tries to change society and Jack follows him because Tyler is the way he is not. Jack is intoxicated by Pitt's character, Tyler Durden, who lacks inhibition, just as Jack lacks personal freedom. Tyler is not worried about crime, poverty and murder. Instead what worries him is the fact that we are told how to act and live by corporations such as Starbucks, Microsoft, Tommy Hilfiger and Guess. Jack soon realizes that the same things as Tyler also distress

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