Essay on Fight Club - Conformity vs Rebellion

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Fight Club - Conformity vs Rebellion

The conflict between conformity and rebellion has always been a struggle in our society. Fight Club is a movie that depicts just that. The movie portrays the polarity between traditionalism and an anti-social revolt. It is the story of man who is subconsciously fed up with the materialism and monotony of everyday life and thereafter creates a new persona inside his mind to contrast and counteract his repetitive lifestyle. The main character is actually unnamed, but sometimes is referred to as Jack, which comes from a medical book he reads in the Tyler’s house perhaps. He is the normal, everyday, worker bee that carries on his overly boring life day in and day out because he is the typical
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He observes the aftermath of vehicular violence with as much dispassion as another inter-office memo passing across his desk. Death and violence are trivialized by the brutal nature of his job. He subconsciously yearns for death and violence to be tangible, not something he witnesses after the fact. One sleepless night, he decides to go into a support group for testicular cancer survivors. He has never had cancer but finds release by pretending to sob on the shoulders of other recovering men. The ultimate "letting go" permitted in the support group clues us in to the mental illness we are about to watch unravel amid the violence and desperation of Fight Club. Eventually, he starts attending other support groups; he becomes addicted to addiction recovery from his lack of a social life.
On a plane during one of his business flights, Jack for once has an empty seat next to him. He is so used to discussing life's unimportant matters with “single-serving” friends in the neighboring seat that, on this occasion, he invents the perfect one to fill the void. Enter Tyler Durden, a mysterious man who is apparently full of information. Subliminal images of him are present early the film. He flashes onto the screen in four split-second appearances before they actually encounter each other. This is to show how Tyler has always been inside Jack’s mind, just waiting for his chance to come out. Tyler also briefly appears in a television ad for an upscale restaurant that Jack watches

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