Book Review of Fight Club

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?The first rule in, Fight Club, is that we do not talk about, Fight Club? (Uhls). This is one of the famous quotes from the movie, Fight Club, which had many people breaking that first rule. Movie goers, critics, writers, and fans raved about the movie on the book written by Chuck P?? Once you can get past the fighting and stomach the blood splattering, you will realize it is not about fighting. The movie illustrates a deeper underlining meaning to its audience. The movie uses the literary doppelganger character to highlight the narrator?s ?New? traits the he (Jack ?.., played by Ed Norton) forms throughout the story. By highlighting these traits the story sends a message to its audience illustrating the importance for men in society to feel a sense of belonging or fitting in. That sense could be reaching an economical or political status, a social status, or being raised to believe they will someday be someone that they will never be, which separates them from society all together.

So why does not, Fight Club, come right out and say it? ?It? being the message, because this is one of those things that every man thinks and no one talks about.

Fight Club uses the literary doppelganger character. Doppelganger is a German word that in the English language translates to double-ganger, which is an adjective meaning the apparition of a living person; a double, a wrath (Oxford 980). From the book, The Culture of the Copy, Hillel Schwartz discusses this literary term.

?Doppelgangers were christened at the end of the eighteenth century in the novels of Jean Paul Richter. They are, ?double goers,? mirror twisted twins without whom the other has neither past nor future, yet in whose present and presence tragedy must ensue. Every agitation of...