Fight Club | Study Guide

Chuck Palahniuk

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Fight Club | Chapter 24 | Summary

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All the fight clubs across the country hold memorial services for Bob, the narrator's old friend from the testicular cancer group. He died while on a Project Mayhem assignment, breaking a lock with an electric drill. Police mistook the drill for a gun and shot him.

As a kind of eulogy, or funeral speech, the fight club members repeat Bob's actual name. "His name is Robert Paulsen," they repeat. The narrator is upset by Bob's death and tries to shut fight club down: "A man is dead ... This game is over." He tells them fight club is over, and Project Mayhem as well. The fight club members perceive him as Tyler, but they don't listen to him. They throw him out, and the fights go on.

Analysis

Although the space monkeys are shorn of their individual qualities, in dying they get some of those qualities back. Anyone who gets arrested while on a Project Mayhem assignment is simply dropped from the group forever—a shameful exit. But dying in the group's service grants the space monkey a hero's status. Death is the only way to leave Project Mayhem honorably. Tyler has turned Project Mayhem's biggest flaw—it could kill you—into an attraction.

The narrator accidentally demonstrates the limits of Tyler's control over fight club. Project Mayhem's rules say to trust Tyler; perhaps the narrator could have stood in the Paper Street house and told everyone Project Mayhem was over, but Tyler changed fight club into a leaderless structure some time ago.

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