by Chuck Palahniuk
Mortality Quotes in Fight Club
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter. Paragraph)
Chloe's been crying in my arms during hug time, and now she's dead, dead in the ground, dead in an urn, mausoleum, columbarium. Oh, the proof that one day you're thinking and hauling yourself around, and the next, you're cold fertilizer, worm buffet. This is the amazing miracle of death. (4.12)
Our narrator seems elated at the news of Chloe's death. Perhaps only by being in such close proximity to actual death can he come to terms with his own inevitable end.
Prepare for death in ten, in nine, in eight seconds. Death will commence in seven, six... (4.20)
Another way our narrator copes with death is by imagining it in a very graphic, yet kind of comical way. With these kinds of morbid thoughts, it shouldn't be a surprise that he's hardly fazed by the more extreme, violent aspects of fight club and Project Mayhem.
[Marla] isn't dying. Okay in that brainy brain-food philosophy way, we're all dying, but Marla isn't dying the way Chloe was dying. (4.52)
This makes us wonder if there are different types of dying. Death is death, right? Are some forms of death given more attention and respect than others?