Essay on Fight Club: Analysis of Novel and Film

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Fight Club: Analysis of Novel and film
Fight Club is a potent, diabolically sharp, and nerve chafing satire that was beautifully written by Chuck Palahniuk and adapted to the silver screen by David Fincher. A story masterfully brought together by mischief, mayhem, and ironically, soap. Fight Club is the definition of a cult classic because the issues dealt within the novel touched so close to home to the generation this novel was intended for, generation X. The novel was written in 1996 and quickly made it to the silver screen in 1999. The novel and film are remarkably similar, but at the same time focus on different themes. The character and plot of both the novel and movie are also very much the same, but in ways different.
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Tyler believes that his generation is “God’s middle children”, casts aside as slaves to the upper class. Tyler begins his own self destruction by establishing Fight Club, throughout the course of the story his motives move from self destruction to complete and utter chaos with his attempt to blow up the Parker Morris building as well as many other credit company buildings to erase the national debt, allowing everyone to start back at zero. Tyler, actually being the narrator’s split personality is the complete opposite of the narrator, he believes materialism has ruined society by turning the average man into slaves of Starbuck’s coffee, clever art, and IKEA catalogues. He no longer respects history because in today’s society it doesn’t matter, he would rather destroy something beautiful just so he can rebuild it.
The character development of the narrator is drastically changed during the transition from paper to film. In Palahniuk’s novel, the narrator begins the story as a self-loathing insomniac who feels lost in the world. Once the narrator meets Tyler however, his whole personality changes almost in the turn of a page. The narrator moves in to the house on Paper Street with Tyler and instantly turns into a clone of him. Tyler influences every decision and aspect of the narrator’s life. The narrator quickly becomes more aware in the novel that he is actually Tyler, instead of trying to track him down in different cities when he finds out Tyler is setting up

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