Fight Club: A psychological analysis of homophobia?
I could be wrong, but it sorta seems that way the more and more I watch it. I doubt I'm the first one to notice this, but here are my thoughts anyway:
I will probably type a ridiculously long essay on this later, but for now, I'll just use these points from the top of my head to illustrate what I mean:
- The story is about an alienated, clearly effeminate young male with the potential to be gay if not for his self-loathing. He can't sleep. He makes no effort to connect to human beings. His inner-voice is cynical to the point of hilarity. Do most straight men without girlfriends concentrate this hard on building ikea nests? This changes when he invents an alternate identity to cope with his dislike of himself. It's the person he wants to be. Cocky, macho, independent, all of the stereotypes of who successful straight males are. He can't "relate" to the woman he met at his meetings, Marla, without the Tyler persona taking control. Over time, this persona reveals itself for what it is: a fascist, souless, evil manifestation of the narrator's hate.
- Fighting is a metaphor, I think, for the narrator/tyler's adversion towards gay sex. Since the narrator cannot bring himself to love another man, like, say, Bob (the guy whom which upon embracing in the meetings allows the narrator to finally sleep at night) he invents tyler and the movement of fight club. It is no coincidence that one of the most disturbing scenes in the film for both the viewer and narrator is Bob's death. He was a kind person. A lost soul, like the narrator, but a caring person...until fight club's corruption took hold.
- In the film it is hinted at that the narrator invents tyler to deal with his lack of self confidence in dating Marla, whom he likes. This works on a different level that kinda adds more depth to the narrator's character I think.