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Reading in-between the lines An analysis of Fight Club A novel by Chuck Palahniuk A film directed by David Fincher You are not your job You are not how much you have in the bank You are not the contents of your wallet You are not your khakis You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake What happens first is you cant sleep What happens then is theres a gun in your mouth And what happens next is you meet Tyler Durden Let me tell you about Tyler He had a plan In Tyler we trusted Tyler says the things you own end up owning you Its only after youve lost everything that youre free to do anything Fight Club represents that kind of freedom First rule of Fight Club You do not talk about Fight Club Second rule of Fight Club You do not talk about Fight Club Tyler says self-improvement is masturbation Tyler says self-destruction might be the answer The novel Fight Club by Jack Palahniuk was published in 1996 and released as a motion picture starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in October of 1999 Both the novel and motion picture proved to be very successful in their release to the public for one simple reason Fight Club is a reflection of the suffering experienced by the Generation X male who feels trapped in a world of the grey-collar or service working-class a world filled with materialism and distractions a group of men raised in single-parent families often devoid of a male role-model and a world where there is no great cause for the average North American male to fight for Whether consciously or subconsciously the average Generation X male of modern society can relate to and understand Fight Club which makes both the novel and motion picture such an important proclamation regarding the state of our modern culture In Fight Club we meet our main character who
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