Fight Club

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Melissa Gonzales Prof. O’Connell English 215 09, December 2013 Fight Club Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk uses violence for most of recorded history, violence has played a major role in our lives; for example, through country conflicts to world wars, violence seems to be the tool to our defense. Even in our daily lives, when encountered a conflict, we humans want to make it disappear as quick as possible. We do this by using violence unconsciously, whether it is verbally or physically. To the same effect, in his novel Fight Club, Palahniuk reveals violence to be an inescapable cycle. He does this effectively by using violence in the lives of the characters; acting as a form of escape, a…show more content…
Tyler uses violence as a tool for control frequently, specifically in Project Mayhem. In Project Mayhem, the members, referred to as spacemonkeys, feel violence is necessary in achieving their goals of anarchy. The actions begin with simple destructive attacks on specific individuals or things. For example, whenever an authority stands between the spacemonkeys and their missions, they simply castrate the opposition. In another example, spacemonkeys threaten to murder an individual at gunpoint if they do not pursue their true aspirations in life. However, small petty acts of violence escalade into much more violent, terrorist-like attacks. In fact, Tyler wants to literally destroy every by-product of the consumer culture; he states, “We wanted to blast the world free of history. You'll hunt elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center, and dig clams next to the skeleton of the Space Needle leaning at a forty-five degree angle” (116). These visions become realities; the novel culminates in Project Mayhem attempting, although unsuccessfully, to explode world's tallest building. Both the Narrator and Tyler use violence as a form of escape. Beginning with the Narrator casually stating, “I just don't want to die without a few scars” (49), and fight club evolves

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