Post Production Blog: "Marla is the root of it all" - Fight Club Directed by David Fincher
Marla and our narrator have a love/hate relationship, and by love/hate, we mean that the Tyler side of our narrator loves her, the Jack/narrator side hates her. Love, Relationships However, another way to look at the story is that “Fight Club” is a story Marla is the alpha and omega of the Fight Club. Marla and our narrator/Tyler enter into a physical relationship that goes pretty hot and heavy until she finds out that our narrator/Tyler has been using her.
Stripped of the homoeroticism element in the novel, Fincher focuses on the self-destructive goal the burn symbolizes. Narrator tries to use guided mediation to escape the pain that he feels. When Narrator goes into his cave, a shot of Narrator staring down at Marla lasts for less than a second. The shot is a close up of Narrator, who wears a look of determined confidence. There is also a quick shot of Marla turning her head to look up at Narrator.
Narrator tries to focus one more time on his power animal. Marla is lying down, and Narrator is standing over her. As he rubs his hand down her leg, his hand falls below the jacket or blanket that is covering her. His hand rests on her hip region as he leans down over Marla. As she turns her head toward him, he brings his head further toward her, as if to kiss her. This is the first moment in the film that Narrator has allowed himself to give into his desire for her.
This desire is marred however by the surrounding destruction.
As Narrator leans down to kiss Marla, she opens her mouth and exhales a quantity of smoke. Narrator chokes on the smoke and a vision of fire accompanied by a small explosion of sound that represent the pain Narrator is feeling.
This cave scene is not present in the novel, instead Narrator uses guided mediation to remember his first act of rebellion. Fincher does not use Marla as a source of destruction but rather as a source of desire.
Jack Durden - Fight Club Movie Analysis Explained (Are Bob, Marla and Project Mayhem Real?)
Marla is still connected with the destruction because it is only when Narrator is encountering destruction, facing his greatest fears and pain, that he is strong enough to be with Marla. The novel does not make a connection between Marla and Narrator in regards to self-destruction, rather Palahniuk focuses the tendencies of self-destruction on Marla and Tyler. Marla in essence becomes the first Space Monkey. Tyler sports matching cigarette burns on his arms.
Her words introduce some of the same speeches that the Space Monkeys will be quoting: In the film, discovery of Marla as desire becomes evident after doing a behavior analysis of Narrator in scenes that show Marla leaving. Marla walks away without a second thought.
He is not supposed to like her, yet he clearly wants to speak to her. The desire wins over the displeasure and he runs after her, suggesting that they switch numbers. Although Jack comments on this he does nothing to stop her. This leads to his attempt to protect Marla from the effects also but in the end she is brought straight back by his own making.
Jack is finally able to sleep and Marla appears causing him to be unable to sleep. When she starts a sexual relationship with Tyler, Project Mayhem is created. When he makes her leave to protect her, he has just discovered he is Tyler and has realized that Fight Club and Project Mayhem were not the right solutions. Chuck Palahnik author of the original book said the whole story is about a man reaching a point where he can commit to a woman. I believe this is true; Jack has nothing to care about or commit to and thus has no purpose, when Marla enters his life he refuses to admit to himself that he likes or cares about her to the end.
When Marla asks him to come over and check if she has breast cancer, he goes.
When Fight Club and Project Mayhem refuse to provide its members with that ability to care, Jack realizes his own mistake and tries to break free. Therefore Marla is the point of the story. The movie goes on, and nobody in the audience has any idea. We watched a woman turn into Tyler, sitting right next to Jack. This scene denotes the transition from Marla being the prominent alternate personality of Jack, to Tyler taking over.
This explains why he loses his baggage once he gets off the plane and is so confused as to why it was vibrating. Fincher could not have made this much clearer when you consider the emergency exit sign above the door [ If you look at the film as a commentary on the emasculation of men in Western culture, it makes sense.
But it goes deeper and helps explain why Marla and other characters are not real. In either case it suggests the removal of what defines a man.
If Jack is Marla then it makes sense that Bob and Marla are both members of the testicular cancer group. Jack feels emasculated, at first he only feels moderately insecure, so he imagines Bob there to help cope with his insecurity and anxiety about his actual testicular cancer.
He then creates Marla, who helps him cope but also represents his feeling of being literally feminized by the prospect of losing his balls.
Marla Singer is real.
If most of these things are not happening at all or are happening differently than they are presented i. Dildos, Dildos Everywhere Dildos are extremely prominent throughout the film and lend a lot of credibility to the fact that Marla is not real.
When Tyler goes to save Marla, he leans against the dresser, causing the dildo to move.
If Marla is Jack, and Jack is Tyler, then the dildo is likely not going to be used by any of them, so it is literally not a threat.
In addition, if Tyler is a coping mechanism who represents masculinity, he presumably actually has a penis — so the dildo is not a threat — while Jack who has been possibly physically emasculated would see the dildo as a threat. In addition, the positioning of the dildo on the dresser and next to the door lends itself to another interpretation that I feel makes more sense. If Jack believes that this is where Marla stays, yet he is Marla, then this is a clever way of communicating to the viewer that Jack is leaving his manhood at the door when he arrives and takes on the role of Marla.
This would also help add even more strength to my vibrating suitcase theory below.
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The most interesting part about this scene is that Jack is utterly confused. If he had been the person to actually pack his bags, then surely he would understand what COULD be vibrating in the suitcase. However, if Jack is actually Marla, then Marla is likely the one who packed his bags.