Fight Club | Study Guide

Chuck Palahniuk

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Fight Club | Chapter 26 | Summary

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After a restless night staying awake with Marla, the narrator takes a bus to work. The police are there. He somehow knows Tyler has done something terrible. He recalls his hands smelling like gasoline on Friday. He recalls what Tyler knows about how to make a bomb with gasoline and a cathode ray tube, the kind of tube in a computer monitor. He realizes Tyler killed his boss by blowing up a computer. The narrator realizes he gave Tyler permission when he told the mechanic his near-death regret: he had wanted to be rid of his job.

After all these realizations, the narrator is still on the bus. The bus driver is a space monkey; he compliments the narrator. The mechanic from Friday night is also on the bus. The mechanic says if anyone threatens fight club, "we have to get him by the nuts." A group of space monkeys attacks the narrator. He tries to reason his way out; to every line of argument he tries, the space monkeys reply, "You told us you'd probably say that."

The police arrive. The narrator thinks he is saved, but the police are in on the plot. In the struggle the narrator's clothes come off. A group of men assaults him: "a hand slips between my legs and gropes for me." They prepare to castrate him. They chloroform him, and he passes out.

Analysis

Logically the timing of the narrator's permission doesn't make sense. He fell asleep at work; sleep is when Tyler acts. The narrator woke up with his hands smelling like gasoline; at that point Tyler had already set a bomb in his workplace. By the time the narrator supposedly gave the mechanic permission to kill his boss, the bomb was already in place. However, it is important the narrator has begun to feel responsible for Tyler's actions. However illogical his account of Friday night, he has begun to recognize Tyler's acts as his own.

Tyler's army of obedient recruits terrifies the narrator. The narrator's own desires—to get rid of his hateful boss; to live the romantic, masculine life of a hunter-gatherer; to create something perfect—appear to him now in the person of Tyler and his followers.

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