by Chuck Palahniuk
Fight Club Theme of Identity
Clark Kent and Superman. Bruce Wayne and Batman. Mindy Macready and Hit-Girl. Tyler Durden and... Tyler Durden?
Tyler Durden, with his super-human powers of persuasion, may not technically be a superhero (although all the young men who idolize him would disagree), but he definitely has a secret identity. So secret, in fact, that even he doesn't know who he is. His mild-mannered alter-ego and the explosive anarchistic side of his personality are so different, he thinks he's two different people. A superhero who's also a supervillain? Now that's a showdown we can't wait to see.
Questions About Identity
- Are the two sides of our narrator's identity unique and distinct, or do they share certain characteristics?
- At the end of the novel, our narrator shoots himself in the face to rid himself of Tyler. Do you think he succeeded? Can he ever be rid of that part of his identity?
- How much of our narrator's identity is affected by how others perceive him?