Tyler Durden is satisfied with his life, unlike our narrator who suffers from chronic insomnia and who often speaks bitterly about the corporate life. "You do the little job you're trained to do. Pull a lever. Push a button. You don't understand any of it, and then you just die."(Palahniuk 12). This line make up for the popularity of the Generation X crowd. It is because people feel trapped in their jobs and material lives. We go to work, we do what we're told, we buy the things they tell us to buy, but seldom do these things bring meaning to our lives. Because the novel speaks to such a large audience of young people, it has become an important statement regarding modern culture.
Support groups are the only way the narrator is able to get any sleep. By visiting various support groups for people with terminal illnesses, and assuming false identities, he is able to find a sense of belonging that is otherwise missing in his life. "This is why I loved the support groups so much, if people thought you were dying, they gave you their full attention."(Palahniuk 107)
This books makes a meaning for the American lifestyle. Peoples needs and wants
are differentiated. The main focus of the novel is about materialism, represented by Jack,
and anti-materialism, represented by Tyler. Materialism can refer either to the simple
preoccupation with the material world, or to the theory that physical objects is all there is.
This theory is far more than a simple focus on material possessions. Its more about how
us consumers buy into these “false” beliefs.