Fight Club Ethics

1495 WordsDec 24, 20126 Pages
Ethics Film Analysis The film, Fight Club exemplifies various ethical dilemmas relating to cultural standards, organizational structure, and ethics systems. These ethical dilemmas are presented through both personas of the main character, Tyler Durden. The situations that he faces can be related to real-life ethical issues that are relevant today. Fight Club illustrates many ethical notions that tie strongly to the culture of the organization and the situations that arise. The culture that exists around the fight club is founded on principles of brotherhood, loyalty, and secrecy. These attitudes are stressed through the concept of group norms, where all members are to abandon their individualistic ideals to conform to the society…show more content…
The plot sequence is enacted in a way that the viewer would perceive the two personas as completely different people. Through various scenes, the narrator comes to realize that he had fabricated his second persona. Upon this realization, the narrator must accept the fact that he is the force behind the complex plans of destruction. He quickly focuses his efforts on the reversal of his alter ego’s plans that turned the fight club into the disparaging “Project Mayhem.” The ideas behind this project were based off of the principles of equality, minimalism, and anti-corporate America. The targets of the destruction were all of the major credit card company headquarters. The reason behind these plans was to eliminate the debt records, thus allowing everyone to “start at zero.” Tyler thought that with no debt record, problems surrounding materialism would vanish. The reversal process would take the narrator on an arduous journey across the country. He follows Tyler’s paper trail, uncovering the plans little by little; all while realizing what was upon him. The narrator, in an attempt to foil the plans “Project Mayhem” had set into place, turns himself in to the authorities. This however, is a feeble attempt, leaving him by himself to fix the problem. The narrator then finds the plans that Tyler had drafted and calls the targeted companies. After exhausting all possible options,
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