why, hello there, babies.
here's a copy of my paper;
Here you go, Doctor. :)
I hope you enjoy it.
May 13, 2007
According to the textbook (“Interpersonal Communication
Everyday Encounters: Second Edition”), hearing and listening are
different. Hearing is defined as “a physiological activity that
occurs when sound hits our eardrums,” whilst listening is “an
active, complex process that consists of being mindful, hearing,
selecting and organizing information, interpreting
communication, responding and remembering”.
Clearly, the two are different.
In the David Fincher movie Fight Club, which is based on a
novel by Chuck Palahniuk with the same title, the main character
Jack has issues with listening. His hearing is fine, but his
issues lie in his relationship with Marla Singer - the other,
She is constantly seeking attention from Jack, but he
refuses to give it to her. Either that or, instead of refusing,
he diminishes her worth;Marla Singer: I got this dress at a thrift
store for one dollar.
Narrator: It was worth every penny.
Marla Singer: It's a bridesmaid's dress. Someone loved it intensely
for one day, and then tossed it. Like a Christmas tree. So special.
Then, bam, it's on the side of the road.
Marla Singer: Tinsel still clinging to it. Like a sex crime victim.
Underwear inside out. Bound with electrical tape.
Narrator: Well, then it suits you.
Jack also has issues with his split personality, Tyler
Durden. Once Tyler starts Project Mayhem- an organized revolt on
society, of sorts- he doesn’t listen to Jack’s fears and
concerns at all.
Jack’s life is very organized; his house has chic furniture
and lamps “crafted by the hard-working, indigenous peoples
He likes his life that way; although, later, Tyler tells him
in a bar, “I say never be perfect; let’s evolve and let the
chips fall where they may.”
This idea, one of not being perfect, is new to Jack. It
opens his eyes a great deal.
Jack listened to, rather than just heard, what Tyler was
telling him. He remembers the information, as well.
Eventually, when Project Mayhem starts, things get to a
level of wildness. Control is lost; control over one’s life
being one of Tyler’s important ideas early on.
“Hitting bottom” also becomes an important idea in the film.
“At least she's trying to hit bottom,” Durden says of Marla
From this statement, Jack becomes, as he puts it, “Jack’s
He thinks that he and Tyler started Project Mayhem together
(although they are the same person) and he does think that he’s
trying to “hit bottom”. This is when “losing all hope is
Mindfulness, which is making a decision to be in the moment,
is a concept from Zen Buddhism.
Early in the movie, Jack is not mindful at all. He sits at
his desk, mindlessly doing his work. Sometimes, he writes haiku
poetry and sends it to people.
An example of this would be;
“Worker bees can leave. Even drones can fly away. The Queen is their slave.”
Jack says in the movie that “everything is a copy of a copy
of a copy”. He is very distant when at work. When his boss comes
over to him, we (the audience) only see him from the neck down.
“He was wearing his cornflower blue tie,” the narrator
observes. This shows that he’s not even a person to Jack.
Marla Singer, for most of the movie, isn’t exactly a real
person to Jack, either. There are sex scenes in Fight Club and
they are not personal at all.
Jack/Tyler commit many bad deeds in the movie, like
“splicing single frames of pornography into family films”, at
the movie theater where he/they are employed.
They also work as a waiter in a prestigious hotel, where he
urinates in the soup, etc.
He may have one or two other jobs, but I can’t recall.
One of his hobbies in the film is making soap. He gets the
fat necessary to make glycerine from a liposuction clinic. “We
were selling rich women their own fat asses back to them,” he
says later, when selling the soap to an expensive store.
This hobby grows in importance, as the ingredients used to
make soap are also used to make dynamite.
At the very end of the film, credit card companies’
buildings explode right outside a building where Jack and Marla
stand. By having Project Mayhem blow up all these buildings,
Tyler says that everyone would “go back to zero”.
Though Jack/Tyler and also Marla commit a mess of atrocious
actions throughout the film, eventually everything is presumably
Many of the troubles in Fight Club are caused by a lack of
listening. Or, perhaps from Tyler’s listening to Tyler too much.
However, as the film has what is, I guess, a happy ending, I wonder;
Who knew that losing one’s sense of hope could be beneficial?
What do you think?
I smell really good cos I'm wearing this orange perfume stuff that I bought at Kohl's. I kind of want to work there again. I also bought South Park boxers for Damien & some cute heart earrings which I'm wearing right now. anddd a shirt with cherries on it. yay for me :)
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k bye. time to see my babyyyyyyyy :)