Fight Club: The Id, the Ego, and the Super-Ego Essay

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Introduction Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club and David Fincher’s filmed adaptation are, at their heart, studies in the incessant search of one’s identity, intrinsic alienation within the inner fight to discover one’s self, to conform to popular consumerism, ultimately, the destruction of said consumerism. Not a single scene of Fincher’s adaptation is void of a cup of coffee, presumably, the ubiquitous Starbuck’s brand. (Widmyer) Few mass marketed products scream societal conformation more than Starbuck’s coffee. The id, the ego, and the super-ego inherently display the Freudian reality principle that purports the ego is tempered by experience and conscious, the civilized part of one’s consciousness that designs action plans so one may be a…show more content…
Tyler perceives destruction as medicine to cure the disease of materialistic consumption. Respectively, our hero’s aggregate alienation and narcoleptic insomnia cultivated his fractured subconscious, which Freud termed schizophrenia. The Narrator’s personality then projected Tyler Durden, the id, whose mandate is to destroy all that our hero has been indoctrinated to embrace, while the Narrator is an instrument for commentary on the alienation and struggle for self-identity. Furthermore, the self-inflicted serfdom to contemporary societal stamp of approval. His pre-packaged identity wrapped in a pretty bow each strand consisting of reverence, inclusion, aegis, individualism, and physiological traits. He is grasping at proverbial straws for not only conformity, but more specifically, acceptance, by not only his whole self, but society. Our hero is in-between states of consciousness and sleep. His IKEA furniture, etc. is the byproduct and the armor that he defines himself to others. His sleep like state renders him a societal absentee, yet consciously aware of his absenteeism, he seemingly floats alike a sheep to the Shepherd. (Isbister 174) Clearly, to this point, his ego was adhering to society’s wishes. The id flashes in and out of the Narrator’s dreamlike state allowing the ego to be cognizant of society’s proscribed hypocrisy; and directly the Narrator’s

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