“Fight Club” is a novel by Chuck Palahniuk about a man who suffers from schizophrenia and starts a violent club aimed at rebuilding society. I’m extremely impressed by this book because of the awesome amount of thought and reasoning which has been put into the plot, idea and characters. Palahniuk manages to captures the reader with his very alien and brain twisting thoughts on living. An excellent example of this, “You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis”. This is one of my favourite quotes from Tyler Durdan, who is a figment of the unnamed narrator’s schizophrenia. This quote and “The things you own, end up owning you” are two very important quotes that help the reader understand that Tyler Durdan is a very non materialistic character. Perhaps the clearest is “Fuck off with your sofa units and strife green stripe patterns, I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.” However the narrator is almost opposite to his conjured friend. While Tyler is an extreme anti materialistic person, the narrator is a conformist. “Look, nobody takes this more seriously than me. That condo was my life, okay? I loved every stick of furniture in that place. That was not just a bunch of stuff that got destroyed, it was ME!”, this is a perfect example of how he is a conformist.
I think that the main idea in the book is that materialism is bad. It causes people to live in fear, fear of loss, fear of pain and fear of death. This is shown by the Narrator's obsession with his furniture and image, and the way he is crushed when he loses it all. An example of this is when the narrator says “I flipped through catalogues and wondered: What kind of dining set defines me as a person?” It is even plausible that his materialism is what caused his schizophrenia.
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