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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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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 Durden: ...


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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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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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The Narrator was never cured of his insomnia. In fact it would seem that going to the support-group meetings served to bring out Tyler Durden as the secondary, and maybe even dominant personality from that point onward. In effect it allowed the Tyler Durden personality free reign every night and sometimes even longer. Often when Tyler Durden fights or is ...


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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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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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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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He is building army that rejects mindless consumerism and corporate domination of the economy. From IMDB.com TYLER: ...Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need... Also IMDB.com TYLER: We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern ...


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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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The Club in Newcastle was opened by neither Tyler nor Jack. Since that's where Bob went (according to the script), Bob couldn't have seen them there: JACK Local 8 just started in Penns Grove. And, Bob said he was at fight club in Newcastle last week. TYLER Newcastle? Did ...


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The novel does explain what happened to his luggage: His suitcase was inspected by the bomb squad on an abandoned runway.The Narrator's electric razor was the culprit. And from an early draft of the script: So in neither case did the condo explosion have anything to do with the luggage.


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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 these ...


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Is it ever explained how Tyler knew all of the "useful information" that he did? Short answer: there is nothing in the movie which explicitly explains or demonstrates how Tyler Durden is so informed. Presumably it is because the Narrator (Jack), given his insomnia, has a lot of time on his hands to research these things. Little is shown to ...


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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 is ...


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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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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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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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The narrator had many characters he used in different group meetings. Marla meets him as Cornelius for example. When the narrator was in the presence of another faker, he couldn't let go, he couldn't cry, and so he couldn't sleep. Marla was a constant reminder, he was a fake as well. He tried to explain how essential these support group meetings were to him,...


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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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It might help to not think of black comedy as being defined as being humor about "cannibalism, rape, genocide, terminal illnesses," but rather to think of it as gallows humor. Gallows humor is, loosely, defined as humor in the face of impossible situations. The most famous historical example is probably Oscar Wilde, on his death bed, saying "either that ...


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Marla isn't a fragment of Jack's imagination first of all, that's a false theory. Secondly, there isn't a true reason for the glove. It was improvised by Brad Pitt for comedic effect. Truly, it's that simple. From the Triva section of the movie on IMDB: When Tyler (Brad Pitt) catches The Narrator (Edward Norton) listening at the door as he has sex with ...


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The explanation for what happens to the condo is explained in the movie. Initially it's assumed to be gas explosion, and a sequence shows how this would play out. The gas from his cooker is left on and it's triggered by a spark from the compressor in his refrigerator. Later it is revealed by police forensics that it was caused by home-made dynamite. ...


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The hole in Tyler's head is just showing the narrators total rejection of Tyler. It's less about the actual shooting and more about the fact that he maned up and became what Tyler was there for. He saw Tyler as a problem. The act of him shooting himself is what got rid of Tyler ( his total rejection of Tyler). He no longer had a need for that personality ...


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I don't think there's a plot-related reason (and I don't know if the book indicates the race of the character), but a Korean-American named "Raymond Hessel" isn't completely unbelievable. In the US, there's a certain set of personal names which, while of European origin, are disproportionally found in people of Asian descent -- an American named "Eugene" ...


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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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The ending has some reasons for changes. Perhaps some more context may serve to understand other general differences that may make the novel more political and down-pitched). in the novel it is unclear if the Narrator is truly free of Tyler. Some scholars have suggested that the last chapter [of the book] may even be narrated by Tyler instead of the ...


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It seems pretty clear that it was Tyler. It's possible that some of these chapters were self-starting but Tyler often kept the Narrator in the dark, even lying to him whenever he wants... but the the script has the Narrator (called "Jack" in the script) say.. Every city I went to... ...as soon as I set foot off the plane.. ...I knew fight club was ...


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Let's call it a 'misheard lyric' like they do with pop songs that people guess & blog the words to, without actual reference to the published lyrics. From a more reliable script & checked against the movie audio… "60 seconds. Can you see alright?" Link to more reliable script - https://jsherry.edublogs.org/files/2012/08/FC_script-1lv8zpi....


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