Fight Club | Study Guide

Chuck Palahniuk

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Fight Club | Chapter 22 | Summary



Later that same night, the narrator's insomnia is back. Just as he falls asleep Tyler wakes him up. Tyler is in the narrator's motel room in Seattle. He scolds the narrator for breaking his promise; he talked about fight club and about Tyler. He also catches the narrator up on fight club news: Tyler flew to Seattle. There was trouble with the police in Seattle, but Project Mayhem solved it.

The Seattle police commissioner had been planning to crack down on fight club. A "team of fourteen space monkeys" and Tyler attacked the police commissioner as he walked his dog. One of the space monkeys put a rubber band around the commissioner's testicles; Tyler threatened to cut them off unless the commissioner left fight club alone.

The narrator remembers more and more of the event as Tyler tells the story. After the commissioner surrendered, Tyler gave a stirring speech. He pointed out fight club members were the workers and servants the commissioner depended on.

Tyler explains to the narrator how their two personalities share the same body. Whenever the narrator sleeps, Tyler is in control. Tyler runs wild at night, doing Project Mayhem work; this causes the narrator's exhaustion, not insomnia. Tyler issues a threat to the narrator. He warns the narrator not to try to mess with him. The narrator balks; he, the narrator, was here first. Tyler's retort is, "Yeah ... let's see who's here last."


The narrator is recovering some of his memory of Tyler's actions, as if he can perceive what Tyler does while the narrator sleeps. But there is a struggle over who has ultimate control; who is the real person and who is the hallucination? The stakes are set for the final showdown, a showdown that already began in the first chapter. The tension in the plot is increased by Tyler's aggression, but it's also increased by this puzzle: it's hard to understand how Tyler could possibly make good on his threat. How could Tyler be "here last"? It does not seem possible for either one of them to kill the other and still survive.

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