THE FIGHT CLUB: EXTRACT P 167
Fight Club is a 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk.
There is in this book an humorous but also cynical tone for Adults or young adults. The narrator uses a lot of flashback and forwards - a lot of stream of consciousness. There’s roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
This is the story of an employee specializing in recalls for an unnamed car company; he is extremely depressed and suffers from insomnia. The narrator in Fight Club is unnamed throughout the novel. He become so desperate that he started visiting support groups for patients with terminal diseases in order to have people to talk to. One day on a business flight, he discovers Tyler Durden. Tyler doesn't put much stock in the materialistic world, and he believes that one can learn a great deal through pain, misfortune, and chaos. 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 secret among the participants. (First rule: Don't talk about fight club. Second rule: Don't talk about fight club.) But as our Narrator and Tyler bond through violence, the situation becomes more and more complicated in the story.
In this extract we understand that Tyler is a split personality that his mind created.
As the narrator endeavors to stop Tyler and his followers, he learns that he is Tyler. Tyler is not a separate person, but a separate personality. “We’re not two separate men” l.1
As the narrator struggled with his hatred for his job and his consumerist lifestyle, his mind began to form a new personality that was able to escape from the problems of his normal life. The final straw came when he met Marla; Tyler was truly born as a distinct personality when the narrator's unconscious desire for Marla clashed with his conscious hatred for her. Having come to the surface, Tyler's personality has been slowly taking over the narrator's...
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