Professor Sarah Bowman
October 30, 2011
by Chuck Palahniuk
Fight Club is a novel written by Chuck Palahniuk in 1996. Then, as the director of the project, David Fincher translated it into a film, produced by Art Linson in 1999. During that same year, violence was a topic being discussed in America. Because of The Columbine Massacre, many peoples were scared and against about any type of violence. Bringing Fight Club out during that was not a good idea for some peoples, and “even some religious organizations tried to avoid it from being out in the theaters” (Reed). The movie Fight Club was meant mostly for a male audience. Describing the struggle men were going through during the emasculation era of the men after World War II. Instead of visiting bars, drinking a beer in front of the TV, or doing sports during their free time, man was becoming a serious shopper. Here, the narrator was addicted to buying furniture.
Fight Club is about the lack of masculinity in society. Explaining that material possessions are meaningless is one of the theme discussed throughout the movie. Learning the difference of essential needs to our survival is very important, so that things we own would not end-up owning us. At the beginning of the movie, the narrator is consumed by his own materialistic life. Dr. Lockwood said, “We need to know that who we are is not defined by what we wear or use, but moreover by what we want from life” (Lockwood 2).
The narrative of Fight Club shows a good perception on religion. Buddhism was mostly the religion attached to the story. Rebirth and nirvana are some examples shown in the movie. One such reference example is when the narrator, Jack(Edward Norton) says that he died and was born again at every group meeting. Another such reference is the large explosion that destroyed his apartment, the literal creation and manifestation of...