Fight Club | Study Guide

Chuck Palahniuk

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Fight Club | Chapter 27 | Summary

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The narrator wakes up in his burned-out condo with his testicles intact. Tyler's army of goons must have left him there. High up in the condo tower, the narrator feels "just like one of those space animals." The narrator realizes he has lost everything. His boss is dead; he has no money, no home, no job. He doesn't mention it, but Tyler and fight club are also lost to him. The narrator considers jumping out of the condo and ending his life, but he thinks of Marla. She loves him, and she is in danger from Tyler.

The narrator calls Marla. She says to meet her where they first met. The narrator knows this was the bowel cancer group. At the support group Marla is enraged; she saw Tyler shoot a guest at a Pressman Hotel banquet, during a murder mystery game. The man who was killed was an envoy of the mayor. Marla thought it was the narrator doing the shooting.

Marla and the narrator yell at each other in front of the support group. She accuses him of murdering someone in front of her. He yells she doesn't have cancer, and she yells the same about him. He tells her she is in danger; Tyler will want to kill her, now that she witnessed the murder. The support group is fascinated. The narrator confesses he likes Marla. Then he leaves to "take care of Tyler."

Analysis

The support-group drama pivots around Marla's confusion. She thinks the narrator killed the mayor's envoy. Why? The narrator just finished telling her all about himself and Tyler; she promised to help fight Tyler. The plot is lurching forward, with some gaps in continuity and logic. But Marla's apparent ignorance makes emotional sense; Tyler's acts do come from the narrator's desires. It is also important that Marla and the narrator have blown their cover with the support groups. The people in the room are fascinated by Marla and the narrator's story, but still, the cover is blown. Now whatever happens they can't go back to their old cocoon of faking illness.

At the beginning of the narrator's story about Tyler, losing everything liberated him. Now his losses weigh on him. In his suicidal despair, thinking of Marla saves him. When the narrator confesses his feelings to Marla at the support group, one of the book's mysteries is solved: the apparently romantic triangle of Tyler, Marla, and the narrator. The narrator had said he wanted Tyler, Tyler wanted Marla, and Marla wanted him. For most of the book Marla doesn't know the narrator; she sees only Tyler. But now she's learning to distinguish him from Tyler. It is also apparent the narrator "wants" Tyler in that he wants to destroy him. Tyler, too, wants to harm Marla. Only Marla's desire for the narrator is not murderous.

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