American poet

American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” (Brainy Quote). In a world where society rules over a person’s thoughts and actions, Ralph says that individuality is the greatest accomplishment. A great piece of work that takes Ralph’s words to whole new meaning is Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, Fight Club. In the novel, Palahniuk delivers the story through the narration of the unnamed protagonist, who is an average man living in the modern world, but unfortunately suffers from insomnia. His insomnia forces him to search for a cure, which he strangely finds out the cure is attending multiple support groups, which miraculously allows him to sleep. All is well for the protagonist until a woman with a similar idea as the narrator, Marla Singer, ruins this for him, forcing him to look for another cure which he finds out is going against the expectations of society, following the creation of the fight club. In Fight Club, Palahniuk provides a social commentary on escaping the social standards that society imposes on the many people living in the modern world through his excellent use of characters and critical events throughout the novel. The rebellion against the standards of society in Fight Club is revealed through the narrator’s alter ego as Tyler Durden, the creation of the fight club, and the events of project mayhem.
In Fight Club, Palahniuk expresses his social commentary on escaping the social standards of society through the use of the narrator’s alter ego as Tyler Durden.