Fight Club was a middle finger to rampant consumerism born in the 80s. Based on the novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, it chronicles the descent of a buttoned-down white-collar nobody – dubbed “Jack” – into a surreal world of a primal fist fighting that is a gut punch to capitalism’s sternum swung by feral male insurrection. Fight Club is a movie that peels back the layers of personality, the mind, and our identity, leaving us shocked at secrets buried in the subconscious. Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt) is a beautiful, fearlessly irreverent false idol that immerses “Jack” in a world of underground “Fight Clubs.” Fight Clubs swiftly fight back as a revolutionary counterculture, where the blue collar element intends to bring Laissez Faire to its knees. Tyler - revealed as “Jack’s” alter-ego to cope with his insomnia - embodies the desire for freedom and disappointment with one's lot. “I look how you wanna look, fuck how you wanna fuck and most importantly, I’m free in all the ways that you are not,” (as Tyler says to “Jack” when the penny drops that he is Tyler), underscores this sentiment. It for those reasons that Tyler Durden is an anarchic, anti-hero icon and here are 7 of his quotes to back that up:
7. "The things you own end up owning you:" A rail against capitalism and for always staring at a phone screen if ever there was one.
6. "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to anything:" When you have nothing to lose, there is everything to gain. The only direction from rock bottom is up.
5. "If you died right now, how would you feel about your life?" Tyler forces Jack to look inward to consider how fulfilling your existence is and if (or how) it could be better.
4. "Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken:" Essentially a plea to shed the pretense and be yourself.
3. "I say stop being perfect. I say let's evolve. Let the chips fall where they may:" This is a plea to ditch all of the bullshit that makes one worry about underachievement. Be a better person instead, and joy follows.
2. Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." We rely on our stuff too much. They have almost become an extension of the self. Not to sound too Zen, but all you need (for the soul) is within.
1. "You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake, you are the same decaying organic matter as everything else, we are all part of the same compost heap." It may seem a tad nihilist on the surface, but sometimes the truth has to hurt, especially in today's perennially triggered SJW culture. Scratch a little deeper, and this message is more profound than defeatist. It reminds us that we are all part of something greater than our job and brand new car. We sprout from the fecund soil of an ever recycling universe, and that is something to truly be proud of, not temporal possessions, identity or politics.
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