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  1. I am Jack’s Interactive Study Guide…

  2. Fight Club was a novel published in 1996, with a movie adaptation released in 1999. The novel was published at the edge of the 20th century, and gave us a preview of what was to become of the written word in the 21st century. Background:

  3. The book/movie is meant to portray, among many things, an entire generation of people, labeled as “Generation X.” Throughout most the study guide, we will be focusing on the movie adaptation of Fight Club. Look for aspects that define members of Gen X; you will be asked throughout the study guide to write down your observations. Background:

  4. The information presented in this PowerPoint is an introduction to the movie, and intended for high school seniors enrolled in the “Literature through Film” class. Fight Club is a book/movie intended for mature audiences, and I expect all students to handle the material in an appropriate manner. Background:

  5. Students are required to start with the section entitled “Movie Plot Points,” and move in a clockwise motion. Students should end with the section entitled “This is it: Study Guide Quiz.” Background:

  6. Themes Movie Plot Points This is it: Study Guide Quiz Book vs. Movie I am Jack’s Home Page…

  7. I am Jack’s storytelling video…

  8. Think up your own ridiculous support group. What would be the ailment, and how would meetings be run? Activity:

  9. From the information provided in this section, please write at least two to three aspects/qualities/observations of Generation X. Summary:

  10. RULES OF FIGHT CLUB: I am Jack’s “Themes” section…

  11. Through the Narrator’s creation of Tyler Durden, we constantly see a personal struggle to be someone/something else. The Narrator wants to be free from the constraints of 1990s materialistic America. Tyler Durden has the will and tenacity to carry out something as drastic as the fight clubs and Project Mayhem, whereas the Narrator is bound by society telling him that it is wrong to go against the grain. Theme: Inner desire to be something else, not what society makes us.

  12. Tyler Durden: All the ways you wish you could be, that’s me. I look like you wanna look…I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways you are not. Movie Quote:

  13. The Narrator owns a lot of things. However, the Narrator’s insomnia and his lack of solace with the world around him highlights that the “stuff” he owns is not enough to fully satiate his needs. One thing Tyler Durden represents is the Narrator’s desire to live without stuff and find true happiness. Theme: Anti-consumerism

  14. Movie Quote: Tyler Durden: Do you know what a duvet is? Narrator: It’s a comforter… TD: It’s a blanket…Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvet is? Is it essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then? Narrator: …Consumers? TD: Right. We are consumers. We’re the bi-products of a lifestyle obsession.

  15. The men in the world of Fight Club are incapable of feeling anything true; society has robbed them of their desire to find happiness in anything but “stuff.” However, the fights offer physical interaction and physical pain. The fights help them to feel something in a society hollowed out by consumerism. They branch out and reject the notion that violence is only a “bad thing.” Theme: Violence in the fight clubs

  16. Movie Quote: Narrator: When the fight was over, nothing was solved, but nothing mattered. We all felt saved.

  17. Edward Norton (who portrayed the Narrator) said the fights in the film represent man’s impulse to resist the “cocooning” effect the trappings of modern society have over us. Would you agree with him that society cocoons people, and if so, in what way? Activity:

  18. The Narrator, who is unnamed throughout the course of his story, is meant to serve as an “everyman” for all males of Generation X. According to the movie, the men of Gen X are “spectators” and are not “real men” because they were a generation raised by single mothers. Also, the Narrator’s creation of Tyler Durden, and subsequently the creation of the fight clubs and Project Mayhem, ultimately lead him through the process of being “enlightened,” in a dark sort of way. Theme: Dark coming-of-age tale

  19. Movie Quote: Narrator: If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?

  20. Movie Quote: Tyler Durden: You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive.

  21. From the information provided in this section, please write at least two to three different aspects/qualities/observations of Generation X. Summary:

  22. VS. I am Jack’s “Book vs. Movie” section…

  23. Book: The Narrator meets Tyler on a beach as the former is falling asleep. Movie: Tyler is sitting next to the Narrator on an airplane, and the Narrator notices they both have the same briefcase. Meeting Tyler Durden

  24. Author Chuck Palahniuk first came up with the idea for the novel after being beaten up on a camping trip. When he returned to work, no one asked him about his injuries, and he surmised that this was because they didn’t want to interact with him on a personal level. Interesting Fact:

  25. Book: The articles are about Joe’s body parts. Movie: They are about Jack’s body parts. Joe or Jack?

  26. “I am Jack’s…” What organ personifies you? What would it say/feel? Activity:

  27. Book: Marla’s mother has a liposuction surgery and sends her fat to Tyler. Movie: The Narrator and Tyler steal huge bags of fat from a biohazard dumpster. How They Got the Fat for Soap

  28. Book: Marla receives a lye burn. Movie: She questions why the Narrator has one and does not get one herself. The Lye Burn

  29. Interesting Fact: When Chuck Palahniuk was in school, Marla Singer was the name of a young girl that bullied Palahniuk’s younger sisters.

  30. Book: Both Tyler and the Narrator initiate Project Mayhem. Movie: The Narrator is shocked by the development of Project Mayhem and confronts Tyler about it. Inception of Project Mayhem

  31. Book: The Narrator asks for Marla’s help in dealing with Tyler. Movie: The Narrator puts her on a bus to get her out of the city. Telling Marla about Tyler

  32. Book: Tyler wants to bring the tallest building down on a museum, and be inside the former building when it blows up. Movie: Tyler wants to watch the credit buildings be destroyed. The Final Plan

  33. Book: The building doesn’t blow up, and the Narrator is placed in a mental institution. Members of Project Mayhem are still working on Tyler Durden’s agenda. Movie: The Narrator and Marla watch the credit buildings come crashing down. The Ending

  34. Interesting Fact: The movie was voted #10 on EmpireMagazine’s “500 Greatest Movies of All Time” list, made in September of 2008.

  35. From the information provided in this section, please write at least two to three different aspects/qualities/observations of Generation X. Summary:

  36. Narrator: People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden… I am Jack’s Study Guide Quiz…

  37. What is Ed Norton’s character’s name? • Robert Paulson • David Fincher • Angel Face • He is anonymous Question 1:

  38. Incorrect I am Jack’s disappointed response… Try again.

  39. Narrator: This is crazy… Tyler Durden: People do it everyday, they talk to themselves… Correct! Click on the bar of soap to continue the quiz

  40. Movie Trivia: Ed Norton lost 17-20 pounds for his role as the Narrator after playing the role of a Neo-Nazi American in American History X.

  41. Where do the Narrator and Tyler Durden first meet in the novel and in the film? • Bus stop, beach • Bar, in an airplane • A beach, in an airplane • At a fight club, bar Question 2:

  42. Correct! Tyler Durden: I make soap… Click on the bar of soap to continue the quiz

  43. Movie Trivia: Author Chuck Palahniuk has stated that he found the film to be an “improvement” on his novel.

  44. IN THE FILM, what happens to the Narrator that reunites him with Tyler Durden after they first meet? • His apartment blows up • He gets mugged, but still has TD’s phone number • Marla reintroduces them at a party • They ride another plane together Question 3:

  45. Correct! Narrator: Like so many others, I had become a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct. Click on the bar of soap to continue the quiz

  46. What does the Fight Club eventually turn into? • The Support Group • Project Mayhem • Tyler’s Army • The Armada Question 4:

  47. Correct! Tyler Durden: Fight Club was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called Project Mayhem. Click on the bar of soap to continue the quiz

  48. Movie Trivia: The breath used in the cave scene is the computer generated breath Leonardo DiCaprio had in Titanic.

  49. IN THE FILM, what is Project Mayhem’s final goal? • Destroy the credit buildings • Destroy a museum • Unite the support groups of the city • Destroy Starbucks Headquarters Question 5:

  50. Correct! Click on the bar of soap to continue the quiz