Essay about Oedipus Rex and Fight Club

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Oedipus Rex, a play written by Sophocles, and Fight Club, a movie directed by David Fincher, are two stories that relate to one another by sharing similar ideas and life lessons. One could argue that both contain essential qualities and characteristics of classical tragedy, but are they both ultimately tragic in the classical sense of the word? I believe that both Oedipus Rex and Fight Club do, in fact, exhibit the important qualities of classical tragedy but ultimately, I think that only one of the two stories is a true classical tragedy. The term ‘classical tragedy’ may often be confused with the modern view of tragedy. Today, we may think of a tragedy as a disastrous event such as a car accident or a natural disaster, often leading…show more content…
Therefore, this ending is an example of a sorrowful and disastrous conclusion. Sorrow and disaster are also central in Fight Club, in which a depressed young man, named in the credits only as "Narrator," doesn't like his work and gets no sense of reward from it. Instead, he attempts to drown his sorrows by putting together the "perfect" apartment. He cannot sleep and begins to feel alienated from the world at large; he's become so desperate to relate to others that he's taken to visiting support groups for patients with terminal diseases so that he will have people to talk to and cry with. One day on a business flight, he discovers Tyler Durden, a charming, free-spirited man who sells soap. Tyler couldn't care less about the materialistic world, and he believes that one can learn a great deal through pain, misfortune, and chaos. One night, after the narrator comes home he finds his apartment burnt to the ground and he ends up spending the rest of his night at a bar with Tyler. After leaving the bar, Tyler cheerfully challenges his new friend to a fight. Our Narrator finds that bare-knuckle brawling makes him feel more alive than he has in years, and soon the two become friends and roommates, meeting informally to fight once a week. As more men join in, the "fight club" becomes an underground sensation, even though it's a closely guarded

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