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In chapter 6, the narrator, whom we don’t know the name of, shows up to a meeting with a swollen face and a black eye. Because of his appearance it’s his boss who’ll do the presentation. While he does that, the narrator tells us about fight club and its eight rules. The first and second rule is that you don’t talk about fight club. The following rules are that when someone says stop, or goes limp, the fight is over, two men per fight, one fight at a time and no shoes or shirts are allowed during fights. The fights go on as long as they have to, and if it’s your first night at fight club, you have to fight. Fight club used to be just Tyler and himself, pounding each other, but it grows and is now held every Saturday. The story takes place at an office at the narrator’s work. It’s not directly written that it takes place there, but the reader can assume so by the fact that the narrator and his boss are doing a presentation for their client Microsoft. The narrator describes the location of fight club as well, which is set in the basement of a bar, after the bar closes on Saturday night. The basement is portrayed as dark with a single lamp. The lamp is placed in the middle of the room where the fights take place. That contributes towards creating an atmosphere where it’s the fight that’s in focus. The narrator of the story is also the protagonist. He lives two lives, “Who I am in fight club is not someone my boss knows” ; one as a recall campaign coordinator and one as a member of fight club. Before starting fight club, he was bored with his life and he felt that his “life just seemed too complete” . He starts wondering if self-improvement isn’t the answer and that he doesn’t “want to die without a few scars” . Tyler Durden introduces the idea of self-destruction being the answer. That you have to hit rock bottom before you can start again. The two men start fight club, and the emptiness of the narrator’s life now seems to be filled, and he becomes a new person. In fact, fight club has become the most important thing in his life and it’s where he feels alive. By turning up at work, beaten up, he shows no interest in the presentation or his job. His appearance at work is inappropriate, but he doesn’t care anymore. Tyler Durden is a friend of the narrator. At fight club, Tyler act as the leader, who gives the rules that he and the narrator decided. He believes that the men in fight club is afraid of something in their lives, that they want to fight, and that fight club helps them to lose that fear. Like the narrator, Tyler’s father left and abandoned him. Also, he openly states that it’s his father that he’s really fighting. The narrator describes Walter from Microsoft as “a young guy with perfect teeth and clear skin and the kind of job you bother to write the alumni magazine about getting.” With his complete life, Walter reminds the narrator of the life, he wanted, before fight club. It's written in first person narrator, because the story is a personal experience of the main character. The first person narrator is subjective and is an unreliable narrator. The reader can never expect to see characters and events as they actually are, but only as they appear to the narrator. The text is full of figurative language, like “Picture snarled fishing line on the beach” , which is a metaphor for how the stitches, inside the narrator’s cheek, look like. The language use, with its focus on violence and blood, contributes towards creating a tough environment. Besides a conversation between Tyler and the narrator, that doesn’t take place in the present time, but in the narrator’s memories, there is no dialogue represented in the text. But the narrator is often in an internal monologue, where he expresses his thoughts about several things. Masculinity is the main theme of the text. Both the narrator and Tyler feel abandoned and unloved by their fathers. Because of the absence of father figures in their lives, the men of fight club are “a generation of men raised by women” . As such, they lack a male role model. The narrator’s view on men is that a lot of guys are “trying to look like men, as if being a man means looking the way a sculptor or an art director says” . The men from fight club don’t go to the gym with that purpose, but with the purpose to be fit for the next fight. Fight club helps the men to find their identity as men.

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