Monday, April 6, 2009
Kind of piggy backing off Rich, Tyler Durden and The narrator, Jack, are the binaries that Sally Robinson spoke about in here article. Those two characters are the “traditional” and “alternative” binary, Tyler as the “traditional” and Jack as the “alternative”. We see this macho masculinity through the eyes of Jack who wishes he could be like his alter ego Tyler. Tyler is everything that Jack wants to be in life, strong willed, in shape, out going, and in shape. Tyler is the one that uses Marla for sex, not Jack because Jack is not strong willed enough to do such a thing. Then through Tyler, the Fight Club is created. On the back of the movie box the little quote that describes the film says, “A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy.” This quote backs what Rich states in the last part of his first paragraph, about how, “the fight club is a way for men to exert their masculinity, something that is repressed within their daily lives…He also goes on to talk about how men are "pissed" at the fact that they haven't achieved everything society has to offer. The only way to take out that aggression and show their masculinity is through fighting.” The writers of the back of the box even know that there are different types of men out in the world who can come together for “therapy”, Fight Club, the ultimate expression of masculinity.