Fight Club - a Modernist Film

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Fight Club is about an insomniac‘s ‘chance’ meeting with a soap salesman who changes his perspective and philosophy on life. Together they form a new, shocking form of therapy which they call Fight Club “hence the title” to channel their primal male aggression. The concept quickly catches on, with underground fight clubs opening in every town. All this happens until one of them spins out of control in a downward spiral towards what looks to be oblivion. During this essay I’m not going to give away the ending or any of the main twists in the story because I couldn’t bare to be the one to ruin the experience of watching this movie in complete shock and surprise for the first time as the events unfold (and I seriously recommend watching this if you haven’t yet) but I’ll be discussing the many themes, elements and techniques that this movie withholds. Now because I like to present myself with a proper challenge for my modernist text to analyse I chose Fight Club, which is mostly known as a post-modern film, but for exactly that reason. Fight club utilizes post-modern techniques such as hgrfishgbrsn hhtorhgr hgtoh and hrowhgiort to bring and to enhance the impactful story to the viewer at hand. Yet at the same time Fight Clubs’ many themes are anchored in modernist ideas and techniques. Before modernism the idea that external and absolute reality could impress itself, as it was, on an individual was widely believed. Then during the time of modernism there were the powerfully influential theories from Sigmund Freud and many others that I will discuss that completely changed the way people thought. Freud both argued that “the subjective experience was based on the interplay of the parts of the mind”. His description of subjective states involved “an unconscious mind full of primal impulses and counterbalancing self-imposed restrictions.” If that last sentence

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