During the first half of Gone Girl, we see many scenes narrated by Amy. These are as written in her diary.

Some of it was true while some of it was not. We know that Nick too was a big liar. So what about the pushing incident. Did it really happen? Nick denies it twice but there really was some altercation between them related to pregnancy. Nick wanted to divorce her and so he did not want a baby while Amy did.

So was that pushing incident a reality?

  • "he did not want a baby while Amy did" - Are you sure this is actually true? Nick certainly tells it the other way around to his sister or his lawyer at some point.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Nov 2 '14 at 16:38
  • What I am sure of is that Nick did not want to live with Amy. Then why on earth would he want a child with her ? And regarding his statements, he changed them several times and of course he was lying to his sister about many things initially.
    – Ankit
    Nov 2 '14 at 16:45
  • I'm not sure he was lying with so much things to his sister. Sure, he hid his affair, but all the other things? At least once Amy's plan was out and known to his siater and his lawyer, together with his affair, I don't think he had so much reason to lie about anything further. Him wanted a child and her not might very well have been before both got distanced from each other, when the marriage still had a chance.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Nov 2 '14 at 16:48
  • Tidied up the comments here, if anyone wants a comment undeleted, please let me know. Tolerance people!
    – iandotkelly
    Nov 3 '14 at 15:29

Amy's version:
1) She wanted a baby, Nick didn't
2) Nick is very harsh to her and pushes her down and leaves.

Nick's version:
1) He wanted a baby, Amy didn't
2) (This is the question that needs to be answered)

Let's bounce to the end of the movie when Nick gets angry enough to back Amy up to the door, HARD. This indicates that he is capable of hitting Amy. Sure, he was pushed to the limit and he reacts that way. But he is quite capable of hitting Amy.

Everything in Amy's journal is not a lie. The initial portions are real and slowly moves to her falsified version. This part where Nick pushes Amy down is somewhere in between. The argument Amy talks about in her journal is - how she wanted the baby but Nick didn't. The actual argument, if an argument did happen, would have happened the other way around - where Nick wanted a baby but Amy didn't. However, by this time Nick was banging another chick. Their arguments have been discussed to be not as intense, not enough for him to physically attack Amy over the want of a baby. It is shown that Nick has become distant and doesn't really care for Amy much. Besides, Amy needed a strong reason to backup the purchase a gun. She comes up with Nick's violent act to declare that she was scared of Nick, scared enough to buy a gun.

These elements point in the direction that Nick did not push Amy down though he was capable, he never cared enough to argue that intensely.

Here's a link that talks about other big plot-holes in the movie: Gone Girl's Plot Holes Explained

  • Is the link here relevant for the answer or does it only talk about "other plot holes" and is thus totally unnecessary for the answer? If it is relevant, then you might want to clarify in which way it is.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jan 25 '16 at 18:19

I would wager a no, he didn't really push her answer. This could be extrapolated out to also be no, he didn't push her as hard/in the way she denotes in the book.

Amy was writing the journal, all along, in an effort to get away with framing Nick for her murder, and as such anything she's narrating until we learn that it's all part of an elaborate ruse she's concocted should be seen as completely questionable/pure lies.

To that end, Nick may have pushed her, he may not have, but that's not really the point of the story. The movie isn't very interested in what actually happened, just the narrative of events that supposedly happened. Gone Girl is very much a critique on modern society's obsession with stories such as the one depicted in Gone Girl, and it's more about, "Fitting the narrative the media wants to portray," more than being a factual retelling of actual events. The media want their story, something juicy to keep people's eyeballs on their channel and website and other media offerings. They're willing to provide whatever story necessary to get their pound of flesh. This can be further expounded on by remembering that the movie only shows events in the past with narrative flashbacks, delivered as though they were being read as part of a narrative.

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