Fight Club Compared to Siddhartha

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Since the beginning of time, man

has been on a quest to find his inner self. This topic has

been the theme of many books and researches. This is no

exception, in the 1959 book, Siddhartha by Hermann

Hesse. In this particular story the main character,

Siddhartha, is trying to find his ‘inner self'. He tries to

accomplish this in many ways, one being self denial or

destruction. This is also the case in the 1996 book, Fight

Club by Chuck Palahniuk, in which the main theme

promoted is that destruction leads to purity. These two

works, written almost 40 years apart, which at first glance

seem to be complete opposites, are actually spawns from

the archetypal theme of man's quest from self knowledge.

Many issues in each of these stories give reason to believe

that the authors had the same idea in mind. It could also be

said that the author of Fight Club may have read

Siddhartha. This is so because of the fact that many quotes

in Fight Club relate to Hinduism, which is the religion of the

heron in Siddhartha. For example, at a point in Fight Club,

a character questions his safety. The reply from the

character, Tyler Durden, is, "You're as safe as a Hindu

cow", is a metaphor that since the cow is very respected in

the Hindu religion and is not harmed. This may be mere

coincidence, but other information gives reason to believe

otherwise. Other than just saying that there is a connection

with something that is said in the two books, there is also

connections with the themes and styles of each book. In

Siddhartha the charters often speak in ways the you may

have to think about to understand the full meaning. This is

also true in the case of Fight Club. At one point in

Siddhartha, the character Govinda [Siddhartha's friend]

says, "He who in contemplation, with purified mind,

immerses himself in Atman, Inexpressible in words is his

heart's bliss." These quotes convey the idea of...
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