Study Guide

Fight Club Love

By Chuck Palahniuk


Romeo and Juliet. Wuthering Heights. Fight Club. One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong.

Or does it?

Romeo & Juliet has sword fights and suicide. Wuthering Heights has a man screaming and thrashing his head against a tree. Is Fight Club all that different?

Even though you'll never read the words "I love you" in Fight Club, sometimes, in fiction, what's not being said is more important than what is. If you read between the lines, you might see that among all the blood, sweat, and broken bones, a little bit of love shines through.

Questions About Love

  1. Both our narrator and Marla say they "like—not "love"—each other. What do they mean by this?
  2. Does our narrator love the Tyler side of his personality? Does Tyler love anyone, or only himself?
  3. Is there any room for love in Project Mayhem?

Chew on This

All the men in fight club are fighting something, so maybe our narrator is fighting his inability to love.

Big Bob shows more love than any other character in the book, hugging our narrator until they both cry. But even Big Bob eventually joins fight club and Project Mayhem. Perhaps fighting is a form of love, in its own twisted way.