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Fight Club

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What makes a man? Is it his clothes, car, or house? Is a man today nothing more than what he owns and the buying power he has? Are we "free" only to buy more crap? Ask most people these questions and most of them will say no, that objects are just superficial things, that what a man has inside him is what counts. But just take a look at what our culture preaches everyday. We idolize the have's to an almost obsessive point, and, while most of us belong to this latter group, try to avoid the have-not's as much as possible. While most refuse to believe it, our society has made the point, it seems, that to be successful in life today one has to have the best of everything. Has it always been this way?

Quite ironically, Hollywood released a movie that challenged all of this in the movie Fight Club. This movie questions the rampant materialism and many more of today's "modern" morals, offering up a quite destructive solution. The strongest overall theme of this movie is by destroying ourselves along with everything that society holds dear and basically breaking our whole notion of what we know down to nothing, we will be able to find true meaning in our lives. Some other criticisms this movie makes on contemporary American culture is the pointlessness of men's lives today and the emasculating of our culture. Can violent actions such as the ones portrayed in Fight Club ever be justified? Is Tyler/Jack actually fighting for good? Are the participants of "Project Mayhem" nothing more than terrorists or can their actions ever be condoned? I think that while the actions in this film are certainly extreme, many of the goals behind the terrorism are quite noble.

"The things you own end up owning you." A powerful statement made early on in the film by Tyler that, if one pays attention, is an underlying theme to the whole movie. This short little statement has a huge meaning. When Tyler says this he is speaking to Jack after his house and all his possessions...

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