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Fight Club (Includes Annotated Bibliography) Attempt At Analysing The Popular Film. Rather Childish I Was Very Young Then.)

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Fight ClubThe movie begins as Jack, the protagonist, is trapped in a state of insomnia by hisjob at calculating the cost of recalling a faulty car as opposed to paying court settlementsto the relatives of the people killed by that car. He then recommends the one that seemsless expensive. While he tries to argue with a doctor about how he can start sleeping, thedoctor happens to make a sarcastic remark about how if he wants to see real pain heshould go to a support group for men with testicular cancer. Jack takes this remarkliterally. It is there that he meets Bob, whom I shall describe shortly. Anywhere, he beginsto find the support groups addictive, and attends more and more of them, and finds thatthey allow him to sleep.Soon after in the movie we find Jack meeting Tyler Durden on a plane trip, andwhen his apartment later explodes Jack meets Tyler Durden in a bar. Having agreed to letJack stay at his house, Tyler asks Jack to punch him. He tells Jack this will make him feelthat his life was indeed exciting, and Jack obliges. They begin to fight, and others begin tostand around, wanting to join as well. They gather together, protesting amongstthemselves that society was trying to turn them into wimpy and uniform machines andpreventing them from feeling like real people, constantly telling them that they need to buyall sorts of stuff that they only need because the advertisements said they did. Pretty soonthere are weekly gatherings of these men, waiting for a chance to fight one another, andthen they move into the basement of a local bar. More and more men begin to attend FightClub with the express agreement that they would not mention it, and rumors begin tocirculate of Clubs in other cities. Gradually Durden begins to make the Club moreinvolved, giving out "homework assignments" such as to start a fight with a stranger andlose.Thus Jack finds himself watching as Durden institutes Project Mayhem, anoutward attempt at changing society based on widespread attacks on coffee franchises andcorporate artwork. Finally Durden plots to blow up ten major credit card companies, withthe intent that to erase everyone's debt would create chaos, and allow society to re-organize itself from that chaos.Many critics of the movie found it to portray antisocial behaviors as a valid way ofexpressing oneself. (Particularly if only the beginning and middle of this movie are lookedat.) They argue that its violence is there merely to draw an audience. This is supported bynumerous instances of young men and boys vandalizing cars as was done in the movie orforming clubs of their own. Therefore many say that the movie succeeds in condoningwhat the ending condemns. They say that it promotes violence by making it seem soattractive in muck of the movie, regardless of the conclusion.With this argument in mind, we shall proceed with our analysis of the movie itself.One of the principal themes in Fight Club is its treatment of violence and its relationshipwith masculinity. The...

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