Fight Club: A Controversial Classic Essay

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The film Fight Club has generated controversy from the very moment it was released. Critics have both acclaimed and denounced this film. At the same time, it has been a fan favorite, ranking 14 on IMDB’s Top 250 Chart. On one hand, the film Fight Club lacks in its originality and unrealistic plot. On the other hand, it displays exceptional acting. Ultimately, Fight Club fails to deliver, leaving the audience disappointed.
The story revolves around an average middle-class ordinary man, living in a day-to-day routine. However, this young man has a distinct characteristic⎯he is an insomniac. The protagonist insists, “When you have insomnia, you're never really asleep... and you're never really awake.” He begs his doctor for some drugs that would allow him to sleep, but the doctor doesn’t give in. Instead, his doctor suggests the narrator to attend support groups. The narrator takes his advice, but becomes overly addicted to these support groups. It becomes his daily ritual because it enables the protagonist to cry, which in turn grants him the amenity of sleep. Soon after, he becomes aware of another “faker” in the presence of the support groups, Marla Singer. The narrator hates this woman. He feels that she ruins the raw experience and sincerity of the other members. He describes her as, “Marla... the little scratch on the roof of your mouth that would heal if only you could stop tonguing it, but you can't.” He even goes on to say “If I did have a tumor, I'd name it Marla.” As a compromise, both he and Marla agree upon a schedule of meetings that would restrict the two from seeing each other.
The narrator’s job requires him to fly to various cities. On one particular flight home, he meets an eccentric man named Tyler Durden, who sells soap for a living. The bizarreness follows him home, or what was left of it after an explosion. Left with nothing, he calls Tyler and fortunately for him, Tyler offers him a place to stay. After a bit of drunken horseplay in a bar’s vacant parking lot, the narrator realizes it gives him the same sense of peace of mind, as the support groups once did. And as he became addicted to his previous ritual, he soon becomes addicted to fighting. The idea grows in popularity and others want to join in this activity, giving birth to a secret Fight Club society in Tyler Durden’s basement.
Somehow, when Marla meets Tyler, the two are immediately attracted to each other, and the narrator becomes extremely jealous. He convinces Tyler to get rid of Marla, and Tyler lets the narrator do the dirty work himself. Along with Marla leaving, Tyler Durden seems to disappear. The narrator then goes searching for him with the little clues he left behind, with no success. When one of the fight club members slips up and calls the narrator Tyler Durden, the narrator reaches a personal catharsis. After a series of events he realizes that he is in fact Tyler Durden, and has been all along.
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