Fight Club

Sulim Ji
Professor Jett
English B1A
28 January 2013
Unleashed Superego
Tyler Durden, the other main character of the novel, turns out to be the Narrator’s projected alter ego. In Terry Lee’s article, “Virtual Violence in Fight Club: This Is What Transformation of Masculine Ego Feels Like,” he explains that the ego which is the personality that we identify as our self, and the unconscious, which is the dark, unknown aspect , are the large, constitutive parts of the psyche (420). Lee writes, “Jack and Tyler are clearly the same person, with Tyler acting out the doppelganger role to Jack: Tyler is an external manifestation of a character in a drama occurring within Jack’s psyche” (420). In both Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club and David Fincher’s film version, the Narrator and Tyler are actually the same person and the Narrator expresses his suppressed desires and instincts unconsciously through his alter ego Tyler.
After the Narrator’s condominium is blown up, he meets Tyler at a bar. Outside the bar Tyler say, “I want you to hit me as hard as you can” (Palahniuk 125). They engage in a messy fight and this is the germination of fight club. In Olivia Burgess’s article, “Revolutionary Bodies in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight club”, she explains, “Fight club allows men to fiercely embody revolution and desire and rejuvenate utopia with every punch.” (263). Fight club attracts the attention of many other men because they can express their controlled and suppressed masculinity by fighting someone. In the early book, the Narrator states, “The people I know who used to sit in the bathroom with pornography, now they sit in the bathroom with their IKEA furniture catalogue” (Palahniuk 43). However, he turns into a tough fighter not a calm person who enjoys buying household goods. He is no longer concerned with his job or obsessing over his physical appearance. Fight club which is Tyler’s creation provides him with the means to look into himself and helps him lose fear about...