Fight Club By Chuck Palahniuk

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In his works, Sigmund Freud attempted to analyze what drives human function and its quirks. The movie “Fight Club”, a film adaptation of a novel written by Chuck Palahniuk, displays many of the theories that Freud introduced in his writings. The Unnamed Narrator can be viewed as a case study representing the way that Freud’s musings can take human form. The fight between the ID, the Ego, and the Superego are a driving force in Fight Club’s plot development. The main characters are on a continuous “Death Drive”, seeking out pain and destruction in ways that seem obscene to the normal viewer. Fetishes plays a large part in the movie, showing how people can become obsessed with actions that go against societal norms. “Fight Club” is a perfect example of a work that can be analyzed through the lens of Sigmund Freud’s theories.
“Fight Club” attempts to pay homage to Freud’s teachings, but in actuality it presents itself as a means of distancing Freud’s theories from reality. “Fight Club” makes it clear that mental illness is at the root of his philosophy. Freud mused on the internal battle between our ID, Ego, and Superego. This battle is the main plot device in “Fight Club”. The Narrator at the beginning of the movie is a representation of the “Superego”, as he goes through life doing what he thinks he is supposed to. He goes to work in a cubicle, lives the typical consumerist life, and does little to satisfy his desires. His aversion to acting how he actually feels is…

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