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I think it was the argument more than the fighting that attracted them. Remember Tyler's philosophy is "self-improvement is like masturbation, but self-destruction is good" or something like that. If he was beating himself up, and then told other people that philosophy, it's easy to see how a club dedicated to self-destruction and the Tyler Durden ...


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Marla Singer is real. And here is why. Throughout the movie, she does have a certain ring about her that would allude her to the same appearance as Tyler. A mechanism to cope with him exploiting the groups by introducing a woman into the mix. She is inherently, a real person in terms of the movie. The Restaurant. Probably the most obvious reference to ...


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The purpose of the end scene of the movie is to have the Narrator finally conquer his 'problems' in the form of killing Tyler. He cannot simply shoot at him as he is just a hallucination of his own mind and the bullet would just fly off into nothing. While before beating him up would have worked, it was just a physical representation of a mental battle. ...


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The cave and the penguin are the result of therapy where the female voice tells the whole group how to "meditate". Every person has their own interpretation of the cave and an animal that is inside (which represents them); in the narrator's case he sees himself as a penguin. He probably interpreted himself as a penguin to show himself his inability to let ...


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I'm going to assume you did not get the twist of the movie and will do my best to explain what happens: The whole twist of the movie (and an excellent reason to watch it multiple times) is that The Narrator (nameless, some assume his name is Jack) actually has a split personality disorder. Tyler Durden does not exist and is just a figment of his split ...


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In addition to the answer @Yetisasquatch gave, chemicals used in the making of soap are also used to make the explosives that go off in the credit card companies at the end of the movie. The fact that they use human fat is also relevant because Tyler Durden's philosophy in the film revolves somewhat around the disdain for gluttony and people going through ...


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It appears to me that the narrator is becoming jealous of Tyler's relationship with others in Project Mayhem, and that this results in his explosive burst of anger in the fight. He also expresses some desire to break something beautiful - he perceives both Tyler and the blond to be more attractive than himself. However, I am not entirely sure I can link ...


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In addition to Orion's answer, I'd add that while it's not specifically stated in the movie, I think it's implied well enough that the Narrator's name is not Tyler Durden. Tyler says at one point that the Narrator is "slowly letting himself become Tyler Durden." If his name was actually Tyler, this line wouldn't make any sense. I suspect the movie avoids ...


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The first time you see the fight, some people look at them because they're interested in the fight, and then later ask him if they could have a go one time. Then later, when it turns out he was beating himself up, it still makes sense actually, because it's still a valid reason for them to go looking at him, and also to ask if they could have a go (in this ...


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Since Ed developed Tyler as part of his split personality a.k.a. Dissociative identity disorder. Then all memories of Tyler are actually his with his mind filling in the logical holes in the memory. So Tyler looks and acts like a separate person with all the accessories that would make the separate person. It is not until the end that the two personalities ...


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Well it's not hidden. Yep he made soap ..... out of human fat or blubber if remember a few funny scenes. There's a scene where they have a bag of human blubber! It adds probably a great creep factor to the character IMO. Article on this subject.


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Quoted from Wikipedia: Fincher considered the novel too infatuated with Tyler Durden and changed the ending to move away from him: "I wanted people to love Tyler, but I also wanted them to be OK with his vanquishing." Something I learned about Fight Club during an interview with Chuck Palanihuk is that he considers Fight Club a coming-of-age story; ...


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Black Comedy and Satire are not quite two forms of the same thing. Satire is not always funny and is used to convey a message on a topic, while Black Comedy can be a part of a Satirical message. If you are familiar at all with the movie M*A*S*H, it is a black comedy about the Korean War. The Television series of the same name that spawned from that movie ...


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There is a clue to this in the dialogue of the movie itself, where Tyler and the Narrator are discussing their fathers: Narrator: I don't know my dad. I mean, I know him, but... he left when I was like six years old. Married this other woman, had some other kids. He like did this every six years, he goes to a new city and starts a new family. Tyler ...


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This appears to be intentionally ambiguous on the part of the author. From an interview with author Chuck Palahniuk: What exactly IS the name of the main character in Fight Club, is his name Tyler, Jack, or something else? His name was never given in the book. They needed a name for the screenplay to put next to the character's lines so they just ...


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There are no blatant reference's the Narrator's name in the movie. The source material, the 1996 novel of the same name, has the main character refer to himself in the third person as "Joe's arbitrary organ" a few times, but this could be a red-herring as it may refer to an article the character read. Of course both the article being about a Joe and the ...


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When you watch the scene closely (I wish I had screenshots...might have to dig later) you can clearly see that he doesn't shoot himself in the back of the head, but really in the side of the mouth, albeit farther back than his cheek. Even if you feel around with your tongue you can feel that it is just skin and muscle and nothing important until you get to ...


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Most of the time, Jack (the Narrator played by Edward Norton) is in control of his body--sometimes without Tyler and other times with Tyler at his side. In these instances, any action that Tyler performs is actually taken by Jack. For example, the Narrator actually pours the lye onto his own hand. But in the car crash scene, even though Jack's body was ...


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No, the building Tyler was in was SUPPOSED to be blown up also, but the van that had the explosives was deactivated when Tyler - as the narrator - cut the cord (which then led to the fight scene in the parking garage before going upstairs)


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There are actually six scenes/flashes where we see Brad Pitt before The Narrator meets him on the plane. A list of them has been compiled here. The reasoning behind this is covered well in an IMDb FAQ: As astute viewers will have observed, Tyler Durden appears in the film six times prior to the scene where The Narrator meets him on the plane. Four of ...


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A model for destruction? It is entirely possible that in the Narrator's lucid state, he was scanning the crowd subconsciously, looking for the image that would become Tyler Durden. Peering upon person to person to find the right image that would become his 'perfect' personality, the basis for his rebirth, the basis of What a man is supposed to look like. ...


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I think I have proven Marla is not real, along with many other characters (including Bob). I made a whole site for it and will try to summarize some key points here, but I strongly advise you to visit the site for more details. Marla and Tyler Dress the Same One of the first clues that Marla is not real is her likeness to Tyler. [...] Tyler’s hair ...


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As a member of Project Mayhem, the narrator has no name. Tyler can have a name, because he is not the true identity, and therefore not a real person-- and therefore not a member of project mayhem.


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In that scene, Tyler's perspective is as follows: He sees The Narrator put a gun in his mouth, which means that if The Narrator pulls the trigger, Tyler would believe he would die as he would believe The Narrator would die. The reason why it works: Before The Narrator pulls the trigger, he says "Tyler, my eyes are open". The significance of this is that ...


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In Project Mayhem there are no rules, no names, no questions. But there are rules in fact. Everything Tyler says is fact. He said, "There are no names in Project Mayhem". After that he says (we see him as the Narrator) "His name was Robert Paulsen". The members of P. M. are confused with this paradox, and trying to build in their "religion" or "mindset". ...


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I don't think he needed to discuss his insomnia. Insomnia is the product of him being stressed out, and the "medication" was him feeling like people cared about him. It's not unusual for people who have just met to cover up their deepest issues and only discuss those that lie on the fringe, and Norton chose to discuss how it helps him rather than why he ...


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Two points. The first is that "cutting off your balls" is a standing order, for any threat, not just Tyler/Jack. You know the drill. You said if anyone ever tries to interfere with Project Mayhem, even you, we got to get his balls. They do this to a police commissioner earlier in the movie as well. The second is that Tyler is an expert at reading ...


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Tyler does not want the Narrator dead. He needs the Narrator to take the action because Tyler isn't real. Tyler spent the entire film manipulating the Narrator into taking those actions (well, at least when the Narrator is conscious), and knowing that the Narrator, though reckless, does not want to die, has to eventually directly threaten to kill him to get ...



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