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Fight Club and The Ghost of Hamlet

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on 9 January 2014

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Transcript of Fight Club and The Ghost of Hamlet

In both
Hamlet
and
Fight Club
the main protagonist sees an apparition that doesn't exist except within their heads.
We attribute both "ghosts" to be drawn from the illnesses the protagonists both have.
The ghost of Hamlet and Fight Club
Rationale
The Ghost
Hamlet
We attribute Hamlet's craziness to the loss of Hamlet's father
We think Hamlet imagines his father as a ghost to help cope and rationalize King Hamlet's death
Our group collectively agreed that the Ghost in Hamlet was a figment of Hamlet’s imagination. The question we then asked ourselves is in what way does the Ghost influence Hamlet’s decisions. We thought this would be a great foundation for our research as the Ghost plays an extremely crucial role in the play, ultimately leading Hamlet to avenge his father’s death. Coming to a conclusion on the matter would help us clear up some ambiguity in the plot.

We also found Hamlet’s situation to be similar to that of one of our favorite movies, Fight Club. The narrator in the film is driven to a point of insanity from his insomnia. He sees his madness in the form of another person, Tyler Durden. It is not only until the end after the narrator has unleashed Project Mayhem that the narrator realizes Tyler is just a projection of his insomnia. Tyler pressured the narrator into forming the fight club and eventually Project Mayhem. As a result of comparisons and research, we found that the Ghost in Hamlet is extremely similar to Tyler Durden.

The Narrator
We attribute The Narrator in
Fight Club's
craziness due to his insomnia.
The Narrator imagines a character named Tyler Durden who convinces The Narrator to create Mayhem throughout the city
Similarities and Differences
Both King Hamlet and Tyler Durden cause the protagonist to commit crimes.
King Hamlet is claimed to be seen by the guards and Horatio within the first scene of Hamlet, where Tyler Durden is only ever seen by The Narrator
Both King Hamlet and Tyler Durden push the protagonist to the brink of death. Hamlet gives a speech about whether to be or not to be and the narrator in
Fight Club
attempts to commit suicide
Diagnosis
We agree that both characters have a case of mental illness some philosophers argue schizophrenia
We can assess this due to the ending of Fight Club where
The Narrator
is put into a mental hospital and when Hamlet passes away in the end of the novel the ghost of Hamlet's father never reappears and or is mentioned. Deducing that in actually it the ghost was just a projection of Hamlet's imagination.

Conclusion
In conclusion King Hamlet and Tyler Durden are nothing but figments of the protagonists imagination created due to the trauma of a traumatic event in their life and or medical disease. These apparations enable the protagonist to commit crimes they would normally not commit if they were in the right state of mind. However since they have no control over their mental state they have to live with actions they can not control.
Work Cited
Gronheim, Jack.
Fight Club
.
Juggernaut
. Web. 1/6/2014.
<http://www.jtsstrength.com/>
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