Essay for Fight Club
Fight Club talks about single white males living in this materialistic world filled with violent, distraction and it shows how they suffered throughout their lives due to the lack of a male model guiding them through their lives. “The things you used to own, now they own you.” (p. 44) The narrator concludes a series of thought by this line to reflect the ridiculous and end result of living in this capitalistic and materialistic world. However, in the film, Tyler concludes a conversation with the narrator inside a bar. (time cue: 31:10 – 31: 15) This was put right before the first fight started outside the bar between the two of them only. The director’s specific arrangement of this shot not only empowers the strength of the meaning of it, it also allows Tyler to reveal the underneath meaning instead of Norton himself narrating. In looking into the material world around us, we are surrounded by them. On the surface, it seems like we buy them, we own them. In fact, they own us. We rely on them to prove our existence. We need them to show how successful we are. It is an ironic comparison in which one strives for success and lives a good life by showing off with what one owns. However, we lost ourselves in the things we own. We allow them to represent us.
More interestingly, the way that led to this conclusion was built with intensity. That is how our lives been built upon: one thing at a time. Once the foundation is built, we start the first floor, then the second and so forth. “You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled.” (p. 44) In real life, once we finish our schooling, we start our career. Once we have a career, we build a family and etc.
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