Posts Tagged ‘rebellion’

Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club”

“The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.”

Of course you’ve watched the movie already, but you probably didn’t know that it’s based off of a book. This is the one exception where the movie is better than the book (Edward Norton, yum), and the endings are quite different.

For those who’ve seen the movie, the book contains the same unknown narrator speaking the sentences which were lifted verbatim and transposed into Ed Norton’s voice. “I am Joe’s Prostate.” “I am Joe’s Complete Lack of Surprise.” Short statements are peppered throughout “Fight Club” and as you read, they pile up in your mind, slowly pushing on the barriers society and yourself have built up.

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Live free or die hard–“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey

We’ve heard of all the crazy shit that goes on in mental institutions. Being locked away in a prison-like cell, all drugged up by stone-faced nurses and being surrounded by what society deems as “insane” people isn’t the most ideal situation one can be in. It’s as if being insane is the sane thing to do.

Told in the point-of-view of a patient, Ken Kesey’s story of a mental institution in the 50s is a reminder of how blurry the line is between sanity and insanity. Chief Bromden has been a patient in an Oregon psychiatric hospital for 10 years. Pretending to be deaf and dumb, he observes what goes on at the all-male hospital, but doesn’t do anything about it.

The ward is run by Nurse Ratched, a composed ex-Army nurse who takes joy in manipulating and degrading everyone. When Randal McMurphy arrives, however, the mood suddenly changes in the depressing ward. Claiming that Nurse Ratched is a ball-cutter, the roughneck gambler makes a bet that he can make her lose her temper within a week. Let the battles begin.

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