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Transcript of Fight Club
LEADERSHIP AND POWER
Tyler Durden embodies strong leadership
Carefully develops his network to increase his power
Men are recruited from Fight Club to commit acts of vandalism
Goal is to set people free from the chains of consumerism
The narrator is unaware and excluded from group
Suffers from insomnia
Monotonous job with frequent traveling
Generic lifestyle- condominium, clothes, job, interests, etc.
Makes soap using human lard
Lives for the moment
The narrator loses his condominium and moves into a rundown house with Tyler
Created after the two brawl in a gas station parking lot
Any man can join
Fight to feel alive
not for personal glory
1st rule of fight club: YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB
3 Levels of
Tyler vs. Narrator
Assertive and Charismatic
Can be blunt and critical and indifferent to suffering
calm, resilient and confident
Low Openness to New Experiences
organized, not spontaneous
lives alone, not very sociable
likes to avoid conflict but uses other peoples' emotions for himself
prone to depression and insomnia
Motivation: taking down capitalism and the government "system".
Blissfully free from obligation and at peace with who he is.
Approaches work with a fierce conviction and does not fear death.
Talking, walking, cultural commentator.
Cynical, strong and forthright.
Very resourceful, which is obvious in his ingenuity.
“I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let’s evolve, let the chips fall where they may.”
:Lacks any real goal. Maybe to get paid in order to fuel his Ikea obsession
: Lacks any real skills. Adept at using the copy machine and shopping through the telephone
: Lacks any real interests. Goes to support groups for emotional support
: Lacks any real values. Doesn't care about lying, no religion, no clear moral lines
Lacks a clear background story
The embodiment of who the Narrator wants to be: cool, highly intelligent and charismatic.
A figment of the Narrator's imagination that is active when the Narrator is asleep.
Life story revolves around his birth from the Narrator's imagination as a result of the Narrator's intense attempt to cope with his personal life problems.
Cultivates intrinsic motivation
Exploits widspread societal frustration
Uses his Emotional Intelligence
Demonstrates strong Task Leadership
Implements strict rules and discipline
Project Mayhem begins to feed itself
Narrator lacks a background because he is portrayed as an incomplete person
Current Job: Works as an accident analyst for automobile company
Dead end job gives no satisfaction, no motivation to work hard
Was raised without a father
shows lack of a father who can give him guidance in life - can cause this lack of direction
lack of close family and friends, constant flying for his company
can cause the insomnia and depression without the support group, people who will listen to him
Does not have a clear future that he's striving for.
No clear motivation to work hard
Tyler Durden is a master at influencing and manipulating others
Creates nationwide organization
How does he do it?
Fight Club = foot in the door
Introduces his ideology at meetings
It offers an escape from society
Directly relates to the working man
Common interest: Fight Club
physical/mental cost of admission
cause comes first
perform anti-social acts
"His name is Robert Paulson"
In order to create Tyler Durden, he must let go of his old life.
Passionate vs. Pragmatic
Altruistic vs. Self-Interest
Work-Oriented vs. Family-Oriented
Adventurous vs. Conventional
The narrator must choose who he embraces - he cannot be both the Narrator and Tyler.
The Narrator Seeks Adventure
The narrator wants everything that Tyler Durden has.
He soon finds that Tyler Durden is too intense and no longer identifies with him in the end.
Tyler Durden is the split personality created by the narrator's insomnia induced insanity.
THE TRUTH IS...