Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tyler Durden: The Man's Man
The narrator has many qualities we might consider "feminine" today. Among those is his penchant to crying in order to sleep. He fulfills this by faking illnesses and visiting self-help groups to invoke sadness so that he can fend off his insomnia. However, these qualities are usurped by his alter ego, Tyler Durden. Tyler is everything that the narrator is not. He begins the fight club. He steals fat to make soap. He begins a terrorist organization to destroy materialism. Unlike the narrator, who is nervous at giving Marla a breast examination, Tyler sleeps with Marla frequently (and violently, which is also very important). However, all of this is actually disrupted. The narrator eventually realizes that Tyler is the villain. To exemplify this, I point out the final scene of the movie. Tyler and the narrator are fighting, and Tyler is winning. This would show a male dominance over the narrator's more female characteristics. However, this is finally disrupted when the narrator "shoots" Tyler, killing him. The "manliness" of the movie is destroyed, and the consequences of Tyler's actions, including the death of Bob and the final explosion, are all deplored by the narrator and Marla, enhancing a feminist view of the movie.