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DVD player from Mars: Fight Club, another reason to get more sleep

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DVD player from Mars: Fight Club, another reason to get more sleep

Fight Club (1999)

Director: David Fincher 

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Story by: ‎Chuck Palahniuk

* * *

Go to sleep.

Believe me

or there will be consequences

* * *

You can call me Jack, Cornelius, Rupert or Travis.

I don’t have a name.

I am everyman.

* * *

“He’s tried to do everything he was taught to do, tried to fit into the world by becoming the thing he isn’t.” 

An ordinary man with an ordinary life with an ordinary job. Just 1 man among 7,793,603,… people on earth.

The world of possibilities is closed to him. 

No future before him. 

No way possible to change his life.

Angry, confused, unfulfilled by his job, and dissatisfied with his life.

He quits his job. He quits his life. He quits being himself. 

He is neither Jack nor Travis. He is now the Übermensch.

He is ******* (spoiler alert)

* * *

Insomnia

“Am I asleep? Have I slept?” 

All your body is exhausted, every inch of your body is depleted. You want one thing. To lie down on your bed, put your head on the pillow, close your eyes; and for once, to sleep… a very deep sleep; and wake up in a month… maybe a year.

But your heart keeps racing, the thoughts are spinning in your head like a “tornado”.

“All night, your thoughts are in the air.”

While you can easily turn off the light, the TV, the washing machine, or the refrigerator… your brain is still working like a tireless machine. 

There is no stop button.

There is NO ESCAPE.

* * *

One escape…

To cure his insomnia, the narrator finds catharsis by attending to support groups for people with cancer and other afflictions. In brief: for people dying.

He wasn’t dying but he wanted attention, he was posing as a sufferer to be given full attention. He cried and cried every session. He finally could sleep. 

What a bliss! 

“- Narrator: When people think you’re dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just …

– Marla Singer: … instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?”

This Marla Singer, another impostor, ruined everything for him.

Because like Joey, he doesn’t share food.

* * *

Another Escape…

This is a daily routine from a typical chronically insomniac.

Franz Kafka suffered every night from nocturnal insomnia, then went early in the morning for his job at an insurance company to work there all day, from 08:00 until 18:00. 

So, unhappy with his life and finding extreme difficulty to concentrate on his writing, which was more important than his boring and hated job, he decided to write at night. The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika were all Kafka’s dreams and nightmares.

Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a “Ungeheures Ungeziefer” (a monstrous vermin).

 

The Narrator, or Jack, whatever his name is, on a flight home from a business trip, meets a soap salesman.

His name is Tyler Durden.

* * *

Durden takes his hands off the wheel.

(what’s he doing? he is totally crazy)

“Stop trying to control everything and just let go!”

The car continues to roll on the road.

“LET GO!” 

and the car crashed.

* * *

Tyler the modern Seneca

When you heard “Let it go” your mind thinks directly of …

  • Yoda interrupts (who BTW is spending a week at Mars): “Hmm Frozen ?!”

No. No! just go back to your planet and die in peace. 

  • Yoda: know you? Jedi she is, Elsa. Yeaaaaah.

 

I meant stoicism, Zeno, and al.

One asks: What is a happy life?

Zeno, Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius will answer:

 “A Good Flow Of Life”. 

In other words, to live in agreement with nature.

* * *

Escape to freedom

His apartment and all his belongings have been destroyed by an explosion. 

The Narrator is finally free.

“It’s only after you’ve lost everything,” Tyler says, “that you’re free to do anything.”

* * *

Dangerous writing

In his original Novel, 1999, Chuck Palahniuk’s writing style is characterized by “the use of minimalist prose, and the use of painful, personal experiences for inspiration.” and a lot of violence.

The novel can be considered the most contentious meditation on violence next to Anthony Burgess’ Clockwork Orange.

* * *

To feel

“Our culture has made us all the same. No one is truly white or black or rich, anymore. We all want the same. Individually, we are nothing.” 

I forget to mention that the unnamed Narrator is an automobile recall specialist. Presumably, I guess he was very good at his job, and from what it seems he was living a comfortable stable life. But was that enough?

No. He wanted something more.

Tyler said, “I want you to hit me as hard as you can.”

He hit him with all his strength and they begin a fistfight.

Being numb all his life in a society that promotes the “fear of pain” and “the reliance on material signifiers of their self-worth” as Edward Norton claimed, for the first time he felt something.

* * *

Welcome to Fight Club 

The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. 

The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.

….

….

The eighth and final rule: If this is your first night at Fight Club, 

you have to fight.

* * *

Trapped in Consumerism

“You buy furniture. You tell yourself: this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life (…)Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug.

Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.” (Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk, Ch.5)

* * *

The children of History

“We are the middle children of History, raised by television to believe that someday we’ll all be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won’t. And we’re just learning this fact.” 

It’s Time to revolt.

Tyler gathers the most devoted Fight Club members and forms Project Mayhem: an anti-materialist and anti-corporate organization, that engages in subversive acts of vandalism and violence, in the purpose to bring down modern civilization.

 * * *

End, chaos

Holding hands, the Narrator and Marla watch buildings collapsing around them.

“Nothing is static. Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart.” (Palahniuk, Fight Club, p. 49.)

 

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