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- This revised draft must be a 1500 (min.) – 1800 (max.) words in length, not including the Works Cited.
- Be sure to review the “Essay Format Guidelines” (in the Course Documents module) so you understand how to properly format your essay.
- Central claim should be based on how your new / non-traditional narrative is creating a different experience for the audience and how its particular message has certain consequences in regards to a social issue; see the multiple “Central Claims” worksheets in the Course Documents module.
- Each subclaim should strive to analyze an element of your selected new / non-traditional narrative in terms of how it creates a certain experience and part of the social issue-based message for the audience (analytical point); see the multiple “Subclaims” worksheets in the Course Documents module.
- Finally, if your new / non-traditional narrative has a visual aspect to it, include at least two screen grabs / still frames from the narrative and include them at the end of your essay (before the Works Cited) that correspond to the analyses in your subclaim-driven analysis paragraphs. Refer to these screenshots using (Figure 1) and (Figure 2) references within the essay itself. See the Including Screenshots in Draft worksheet.
- Include at least two quotes (no more than two sentences each) from at least two outside sources and be sure to utilize a MLA in-text citation and Works Cited for that source (or any sources used). Don’t forget to include a citation, as well, of your new / non-traditional narrative (though this does not count as an outside source). Make sure that one of your outside sources is an academic/peer-reviewed source (see “MLA Citations” in the Course Documents module).
Fight Club Analysis
Non-Traditional/ ‘New Narrative’ is a narrative which describes a story in a disjointed manner and chronologically presents the story. In this essay, I will choose the Fight Club narrative whose narrator is Edward Norton. In the Fight Club narrative, the narrator has everything a person would need but he seems to lack something more important (freedom). The narrator abandons his well-paying job and ends up with an outsider called Tyler. Tyler had an idea of helping young men who were helpless by setting up a boxing club which gradually turns into a large terrorist organization. I decided to base my discussion on the Fight Club since it teaches some important life lessons like consumerism, potential, control, persistence, egoism, freedom, and stability. The narrative is addressing some social issues like violence, chaos, social breakdown, and the threat of death. Analysis would be based on the thesis statement that the narrative intends to demonstrate that commercialism and corporate control has made people loss their autonomy and freedom and that the fight club has a goal of awakening people and letting them know about true meaning of good life.
Firstly, it is crucial to note that Edward Norton have everything but is not fully satisfied. The protagonist of the film, which is called Jack (Edward Norton), seems to have everything: a good apartment, which he lovingly equips, a job. “Just a little bit, and nothing to desire,” he admits to the audience. However, for some obscure reason, he suffers from insomnia (Lizardo, 2007). Probably, his work connected with numerous business trips, during which Jack has to assess the damage from the accident for the manufacturer of the cars, finds out the cause of the accident and how unprofitable it will be to return the model of the car for revision. In order to relax, to get emotionally relaxed and fall asleep, he begins to attend meetings of support groups, where people dying from various diseases share how they struggle with death or meet it. In one of the flights, the hero meets the charismatic seller of soap Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Some time later, he offers Jack to move in with him, since Jack’s apartment burned down for unknown reasons. Later it will become clear that someone intentionally set the fire (Lahiri 1).
Secondly, it is crucial to note that Fight Club have philosophical implications of reawakening because people who come out of the fight club are better off and freer. From the point of view of the Fight Club ideology presented in the film, it is an extremely complex product with several levels of reading. In addition to the obvious criticism of the consumer society, there are much more interesting and not entirely obvious ideas in the film. You should start with the relationship of the main characters. As Western film expert Mark Browning notes, at first Jack is a masochist, while Tyler obviously has sadistic tendencies (Lahiri 1). However, they soon change places, which as a clue allows us to think that we are watching the two sides of the same person. The evolution of Jack’s character in the film from masochistic pleasure in fights to sadistic pleasure is reflected in Tyler’s image, only in reverse. Jack gets much better when he beats up and disfigures “too blond” (Jared Leto), because he suddenly wanted to destroy something beautiful. Tyler, instead of destroying a rough gangster, when he discovers an underground fighting club in the basement of his bar, allows him to beat himself to a pulp and at the same time is filled with a ringing laugh. It is this case that allows Durden to consolidate his position and advance on the path of creating a secret terrorist organization. In fact, Tyler gains power over club members only after showing the strength of masochism, allowing himself to be brutally beaten. Barely moving, for the first time he gives homework to the fighters from the club. This is one of the most amazing movie scenes. By the way, this scene is not in the book, instead of it, Tyler is beaten in the original source when they discover that he sneezes, blows his nose and spits in the food of restaurant visitors. If the scene of the beating of Tyler in the film really strengthens his position.
Lastly, fight club helps save people rather than hurt them. It is very important to understand that people who have been deceived by the system or losers have become members of the club, and then the terrorist organization. In fact, Tyler finds a grateful audience, because he “saves” them from the harsh reality. Probably, he specially prepared several lofty speeches, as he appeals to them throughout the film more than once: “You are not your grande latte!”, “You are not your bank account!”, “You are not the clothes that you wear!” And all the other “You are not …”. (Jared 1)
The fighting in the club is designed to free people from the shackles of modern life which favors male dominance and imprisons people. Also, the Fight Club members finally find freedom by willing to risk death and receive pain.
In conclusion, there is some question based on the Fight Club narrative film which can be a form of discussion. For example,
- What is the narrator in Fight Club fighting against?
- Which Fight Club character was affected both mentally, physically, emotionally, and economically?
The challenge I experienced while writing the essay concerns finding the central claim. Finding a central claim that can be justified was not an easy task. After finding the central claim, the rest part of the essay was easier for me. For example, organization of the subclaims was easier for me after finding the central claim. With central claim in mind, it was easy to create the general layout, the points and the arguments. I found it easier to align sub claims to the central claim. If I am to revise the draft I will just focus on ensuring that the grammar and the sub claims are clearly elaborated. This is because I am convinced that the central claim is good. Works Cited
Lizardo, O. (2007). Fight club, or the cultural contradictions of late capitalism. Journal for Cultural Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/14797580701763830
Lahiri, Eamon. “How Fight Club Might Have More To Say Than You Realize.” Cracked.com, 14 Dec. 2018, www.cracked.com/blog/why-fight-club-may-be-smarter-film-than-you-think/.
Jared Richards. “’Fight Club’ Fans Have Ruined The Film’s Legacy.” Junkee, 8 Feb. 2019, junkee.com/fight-club-fans-suck/192598.