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An Essay On Fight Club

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Philosophy can be found everywhere. Like math, it is used to solve problems, or at least used to begin to understand those problems. Most individuals expect to heighten their philosophical knowledge through readings or by reading a professors notes. One may even consult their own mind to help them grasp a concept of a philosophy. Attainting philosophical guidance by the sources above is common yet it is also quite common to see philosophical themes in movies and novels. A movie with a philosophical message is “Fight Club”. The movie “Fight Club” examines an idealistic question known as “What is Real?” though the main character. The movie examines three idealistic statements: One cannot trust appearances to determine what is real, one sees and feels only what their subconscious mind allows them to see and feel, and finally, ones mind determines what is personally real.

Primarily, one must understand that the answer to “What is Real?” is solely based on their personal view of reality. The question of “What is Real?” may seem to be categorized as having an answer that is subjective but it also has qualities that make it an objective idea as well. The cause of this is based on the fact that appearances may be deceptive. In an article written by Donald Simanek of Lockhaven University, Donald speaks of reality and how nature can be misleading. Donald speaks of Ernst Mach as well as his philosophies. Mach, who is an Austrian philosopher and physicist, believed that, “the only real things were those that we could see, feel, hear, and touch – things accessible to our unaided senses”(Simanek). This idea is not only true in real life but it is exactly what the narrator in “Fight Club” is experiencing. The narrator strongly believes appearances to be real yet he later discovers that it is the opposite. The narrator thinks he is using his senses to validate the existence of Tyler Durden when Tyler Durden fails to exist. The narrator unknowingly struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). An article written by Psychology today examines DID and the causes and symptoms of the mental health disorder. The article states that, “DID is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in – and alternately take control of – and individual” (Psychology Today). DID takes over the mind of the narrator and he no longer can trust his sense to determine what is real. The narrator commits crimes but blames them on his second personality Tyler Durden whom he believes is another man. In the end the narrator realizes that he has two personalities by thinking outside of the box. Just like the narrator, everyone relies heavily on appearances. They cling to the idea that everything they experience and see must be real. When on has DID, or any other sort of mental health issue, their experiences are easily misjudged because of their multiple identities. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote many doctrines explaining...

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