Dysfunctional Hollywood

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The split personalities of Edward Norton's character in Fight Club and Jim Carrey's character in Me, Myself, and Irene are very similar, but can be contrasted easily as cinema graphic lighting and a laugh track. In comparing and contrasting these characters, one aspect that helped was deciding which of these that I would rather be.

Jim Carrey's character in Me, Myself, and Irene is an all around "nice guy." He is well known in town and is liked by everyone. Charlie, Carrey's character, gets pushed around a lot and no one takes him seriously, this is where Hank arrives. Hank, Carrey's split personality arrives when all the emotions of being pushed around and his wife leaving him finally come out and it happens to come out as another person. Hank basically is the guy that doesn't take anything from anybody and if he has a problem he lets you know about it.

Edward Norton's character in Fight Club is the average "Joe." The 9 to 5 desk job, an apartment furnished entirely by IKEA and Pottery Barn. He says, "I had become a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct. If I saw something like the clever Njurunda coffee tables in the shape of a lime green Yin and an orange Yang, I had to have it. The Haparanda sofa group with the orange slip covers by Erika Pekkari. The Johanneshov armchair in the Strinne green stripe pattern. The Rislampa/Har lamps from wire and environmentally friendly unbleached paper. The Vild hall clock of galvanized steel. The Klipsk shelving unit. I would flip and wonder, 'What kind of dining room set defines me as a person?'" This sums his character up totally, a person completely unable to create a personality free of what commercial trends tell him he should be. A...