Materialism In Fight Club

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The First Rule David Fincher’s film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel “Fight Club” is a disturbing and explosive-infused roller coaster perfectly blended with philosophical viewpoints about mainstream society and materialism. Through an unnamed Narrator and his sociopathic partner Tyler Durden, Fincher questions the human condition, our obsessions, fears, subconscious tendencies, as well as illustrates just how grossly simple it is to influence and manipulate those around us. While some might be turned away by the graphic violence and intense sexual themes, what lies underneath this harsh exterior is a collection of powerful messages and ideas that above all else send the message of simplicity and minimalism. Fight Club is a masterpiece of controlled chaos, methodical attention to detail, and remarkable displays of acting and cinematic prowess. The plot of Fight Club revolves around an unnamed Narrator suffering from insomnia. Whilst flying back from a business trip, he comes into contact with Tyler Durden, a soap salesman who he starts a conversation with after noticing they share the same type of briefcase. When the narrator returns home, he finds his apartment, as well as all of his possession, have been destroyed in an explosion. With no one to turn to for help, he calls Tyler, meeting him at a bar. After discussing consumerism, Tyler belittles the Narrator on his lack of confidence of asking for a place to stay. Tyler then requests the Narrator to hit him, to
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