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The Narrator and the Joker


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The Narrator and the Joker

  1. 1. Fight Club’s Narrator is theJoker from The Dark Knight
  2. 2.  Ok, let’s start with how the Joker looks. He’s got this scar that’s not exactly unnoticeable, right?
  3. 3.  The Narrator got one just like it in Fight Club. He was so pissed off at the world that he fought 50 equally enraged dudes in an attempt to destroy himself.  Number three holds my head in the crook of his arm, the way hed hold a baby or a football, in the crook of his arm, and hammers my face with the pounding molar of his clenched fist. Until my teeth bite through the inside of my cheek.
  4. 4. …a ragged leer that opens fromunder my nose to under my ear.”The proportions aren’t exact,but the point has been made
  5. 5.  Moving on to my second point: the Joker’s identity, or rather, lack of it.  Nothing. No matches on prints, DNA, dental. Clothing is custom, no labels. Nothing in his pockets but knives and lint. No name, no other alias.” Lt. James Gordon
  6. 6.  I loved that condo. I loved every stick of furniture. That was my whole life. Everything, the lamps, the chairs, the rugs were me. The dishes in the cabinets were me. The plants were me. The television was me. It was me that blew up. Couldn’t he see that?” The Narrator spoke about how he was a slave to his nesting instinct. His whole life was in his condo, and the material objects within. The explosion destroyed his identity. He was no longer bound to the lifestyle that you and I most likely live. True, it did not literally destroy his existence as a person, but it led to it.
  7. 7.  Furthermore, something that Marla said near the end of the book possibly explains the officers’ inability to get matching fingertips.  They were burning their fingertips with lye!” Marla Singer It can be safely assumed that the goons who burned their fingertips with lye did so because The Narrator did it first.
  8. 8.  Okay, time for a little personality analysis. The Joker is a madman. He is willing to destroy peace and manipulate society whichever way he sees appropriate. Check this out: You have nothing, n othing to threaten me with. Nothing to
  9. 9.  As he is being beaten to a pulp by a man who has every intention and ability to kill him, the Joker does nothing. Basically he says, “You can kill me. You can hurt me, but you won’t, because I am your responsibility by some moral code you abide by.”
  10. 10.  And so it is with The Narrator. As he – or rather, Tyler Durden – is being pummeled by an enraged ex-boss, this happens:  "I am trash,” Tyler said. “I am trash and shit and crazy to you and this whole fucking world,“ Tyler said to the union president. "You dont care where I live or how I feel, or what I eat or how I feed my kids or how I pay the doctor if I get sick, and yes I am
  11. 11.  On to the motivation. If the Joker and the Narrator were the same person, would they not have the same goals? Check out these quotes:  Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. Im an agent of chaos.”  Its not about money... its about sending a message. Everything burns!”
  12. 12.  And now, the similarities. Listen to what the Narrator says as he explains what is the driving force behind Fight Club and Project Mayhem:  Disaster is a natural part of my evolution, toward tragedy and dissolution.”  …maybe we have to break everything to make
  13. 13. Wait, didn’t the Narrator die? Didn’t he shoothimself to get rid of Tyler Durden?Technically, yes, he did. But why is it so hard toaccept the possibility that the Narrator died, butTyler Durden didn’t? Check it out; these quotesare dropping major hints that Tyler could havereturned.
  14. 14.  We miss you Mr. Durden." Or somebody with a broken nose pushes a mop past me and whispers: "Everythings going according to the plan. Whispers "Were going to break upIM-freaking-PORTANT!!! civilization so we can
  15. 15.  …and again.  Maybe youre my schizophrenic hallucination.” I was here first. Tyler says, "Yeah, yeah,
  16. 16.  This leads us This was to one absolutel (potential) y deduction: necessar when the y Narrator shot himself, he did not effectively kill Tyler Durden.