Fight Club Interpersonal Communication

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Interpersonal Communication in the film Fight Club

“You’re the most interesting ‘single serving’ friend I have ever met.” These are some of the first words that initiated the close, yet unorthodox relationship between Jack and Tyler Durden in the movie Fight Club. The film follows the narrator (indirectly referred to as Jack) and the entire movie takes place from his perspective. This is an important factor when analyzing the relationship between him and Tyler, because we only see the events through Jack’s eyes. The relationship between these key characters is a reflection of Mark Knapp’s developmental model as shown in Adler & Rodman (2012). (p.205) In the film the audience can clearly see the three major stages, coming together,
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Despite the original intent of having a temporary living arrangement, Jack doesn’t feel the need to leave Tyler’s house, despite the house’s level of disrepair. They integrate into each other’s lives, in this way they become very close friends not unlike brothers. They take the same night job, and they lie for each other when they have to explain each other’s wounds from fight club. After first meeting Tyler, and fighting at the fight club every Saturday night, Jack becomes cured of his insomnia. Through his experience of feeling more alive when he fights at fight club, Jack feels form of enlightenment. He integrates Tyler’s anti-materialistic philosophies into his own psyche; this leads him to have a false sense of a higher level of existence when compared to his fellow humans. Tyler sense’s Jacks false sense of enlightenment, and in order to pull Jack from his delusions he shows Jack what living really means. He takes Jacks hand, kisses it and pours lye (a key ingredient in making soap) onto the back of Jack hand. This initiates a painful chemical burn, from the saliva from the kiss and the lye, on Jacks hand and Jack rejects the pain. Jack uses the meditation techniques he learned in his support groups to shut out the pain. Tyler jerks him from his meditation telling Jack “This is the greatest moment of your life and you’re missing it!” Tyler desires for Jack to accept the pain, to acknowledge he his

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