Fight Club

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Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publication Date: August 17, 1996
Genre: Satire
Language: English
Book File Type: [PDF]
Adaptation: Yes

Movie Release Date: 15 October 1999

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Fight Club Plot

The story is told from the first-person perspective of a narrator who doesn’t reveal his name. The book begins with a man named Tyler, who is holding a gun in the mouth of the narrator. The narrator, to allow the reader to understand how he found himself in this position, carries the story back to his time as an office worker. The narrator’s life is a rut at this point, he works as recall campaign coordinator but has no real direction in his life. He lives in an apartment building filled with designer furniture. However, due to the lack of happiness in his life, he suffers from insomnia.

The narrator’s insomnia begins to seriously affect his health and he sees a doctor for assistance. The doctor, however, dismisses his concerns and even tells him that if he wanted to get a look at real pain, he should go see the people in support groups, with real problems. The narrator actually takes the doctor’s advice and begins to visit various support groups. He pretends to have various illnesses so he can participate in the sharing and healing which occurs within each group. He actually becomes addicted to these support groups as they have become a source of comfort and relief for him.

Eventually, he notices a lady by the name of Marla Singer who is also attending the same meetings he is. She is also faking her issues the narrator realizes that he can’t go the meetings in the manner in which he did before as that lady would be there. He begins scheming as to how to remove Marla from the groups. He is on vacation to a nude beach. There he meets a charming man by the name of Tyler Durden. Following an explosion which occurred strangely in the apartment building he lives in, the narrator calls Tyler to meet with him at a bar and after a couple rounds, Tyler lets the narrator move in with him. At the bar, however, Tyler and the narrator get into a scuffle which sparks the beginning of fight club. Tyler and the narrator began fighting at different bars and other locations across the country and begin drawing the attention from other men. It becomes a weekly event where men from different jobs leave their different walks in life to fight at various locations to their heart’s content.

One day the narrator awakes from a dream where he is having sex with Marla and later this day, returns home to find out that Tyler is having sex with Marla. This is very frustrating for the narrator, as this is the woman who made him unable to attend the various support groups he once did. The narrator and Tyler decide that it’s time to get back at their bosses, for the misbehavior they have been displaying on the job. They do not only successfully accomplish this but also manage to ensure that they will be paid by their bosses regardless. These actions allow them to fully dedicate themselves to fight club and the narrator gains a better understanding of the activities which go on within fight club.

Following this Tyler decides to take the actions of fight club to new heights by the means of organizing Project Mayhem, which grows their following. The narrator begins to realize that men all over the country are referring to him as sir which confuses him. The narrator in search for Tyler travels to Seattle where he meets with a bartender with a neck brace. The bartender refers to him as Mr. Durden this alarms the narrator and he runs back to the hotel in search of Marla. In his excited state, the narrator asks Marla what is his name and she replies Tyler Durden.

Tyler later reemerges and is upset that the narrator is discussing him behind his back with Marla. Project Mayhem nonetheless has begun and things have become even more extreme, one of the narrator’s friends is shot by a policeman which prompts him to try to shut down fight club out of guilt. This attempt unfortunately backfires as he is instead kicked out of fight club by its members.

After realizing that Tyler has murdered his boss and Marla has also killed another person for him, the narrator sinks into a sea of guilt. The narrator travels to fight club location, where he challenges every member in the location to fight. Desperate to escape he feels, he fights hoping to die but alas instead just passes out on the floor after a fight. The narrator awakens to be greeted by Tyler who informs him the time has come for his death.

The story returns to the point it began with a gun being held in the narrator’s mouth. Before the trigger is pulled Marla and other members of support groups he has attended show up to intervene. The narrator tries to warn those who came that the building will be soon demolished by explosives, but this does not deter them. Marla assures him that she likes him as well and the narrator comes to understand that he had created Tyler as means of being with Marla. This indicates a great growth which has occurred within the narrator but it seems to be all for naught, as death seems to await them all due to the impending demolish of the building.

Quotes:

“I don’t want to die without any scars.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

“The things you used to own, now they own you.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

“It’s not love or anything, but I think I like you, too.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

References:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5759.Fight_Club

https://www.litcharts.com/lit/fight-club/summary

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