by Chuck Palahniuk
Man and the Natural World Quotes in Fight Club
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter. Paragraph)
I wanted the world to hit bottom. (16.59)
Our narrator wants to apply Tyler's personal philosophy to the world as a whole. Would this work? Can the world bounce back from environmental destruction?
This is my world, my world, and those ancient people are dead. (16.68)
Our narrator doesn't want to pay for the mistakes of his predecessors, and he doesn't want to sacrifice anything to try to heal the damage previous generations have done to the planet. Can the world survive with this kind of selfishness?
You'll hunt elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. [...] We'll paint the skyscrapers with huge totem faces and goblin tikis, and every evening what's left of mankind will retreat to empty zoos and lock itself in cages as protection against bears and big cats and wolves that pace and watch us from outside the cage bars at night. (16.72)
Project Mayhem's ultimate goal—a return to a primitive lifestyle—would be the ultimate equalizer. Everyone would have to learn to survive based on their own merits. Whether or not you agree with this, is Project Mayhem going about it in an effective way?