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Fight Club And Generation X Essay

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Fight Club and Generation X In the novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk we are introduced to our narrator, a nameless male who stands atop the Parker-Morris building with a gun pressed to his mouth waiting for the moment when the bombs go off and the building crumbles. Holding the gun to his mouth is Tyler Durden who represents everything the narrator is not. The narrator is a man presumably in his 30's, although it is never stated. He works as a recall campaign coordinator and lives in a condo furnished with the latest furniture. Tyler Durden is none of these things, Tyler Durden works various jobs and sells soap made of human fat. Tyler Durden lives in a dilapidated house with makeshift furnishings and questionable utilities.…show more content…
It is not atop the Parker-Morris building that the narrator first meets Tyler Durden. Instead it is on a nude beach that the narrator wakes up to Tyler Durden constructing a giant hand out of driftwood in the sand. "What Tyler had created was the shadow of a giant hand. Only now the fingers were Nosferatu-long and the thumb was too short, but he said how at exactly four-thirty the hand was perfect. The giant shadow hand was perfect for one minute, and for one perfect minute Tyler had sat in the palm of a perfection he'd created himself."(Palahniuk 33) At that moment, Tyler Durden represents for the narrator and the readers something that they do not have: control. Tyler had created his own perfect world, the hand, which was perfect for one minute. Control over his life and world is something that the narrator's life lacks, like ‘Generation X' he has no control at his job and his possessions own him. Upon returning from a business trip, the narrator discovers that his condo has been blown to pieces. Everything that he has worked so hard to acquire is now gone. "You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of
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