Fight Club Ending Explained: Is Tyler Durden Alive?

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Fight Club Ending Explained
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The 1999 American movie ‘Fight Club’ ending left many wondering what happened at the conclusion. This psychological thriller movie is the adaptation of a 1996 novel with the same name, written by the author Chuck Palahniuk. Further, David Fincher directed this masterpiece movie. ‘Fight Club’ features talented actors, like Edward Norton as The Narrator, Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden, and Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer. Also, Fox 2000 produced this movie and got Jim Uhls on board to write the screenplay in the film.

The movie deals with themes like materialism and mental health. Fight Club presents these matters with a dark and thrilling narration. Further, the performance by the actors in the movie was phenomenal. But the movie failed to impress the crowd after the initial release. However, the psychological thriller movie gained attention after the home video release. Soon it became one of the movies with the most cult-following. However, the Fight Club ending left fans with many questions in their head. Thus, we will explain the Fight Club ending in this article. Further, beware of reading this article as it will contain many spoilers. So to avoid spoilers, you can watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Apple TV, or YouTube before reading this article.

What Is The Plot Of The Psychological Thriller Movie?

The movie revolves around an unknown person, who is called “The Narrator” throughout the movie. He works at an automobile company but isn’t happy with his job. Further, he suffers from insomnia and also buys a lot of furniture to make himself. Therefore, he also enrolls in support groups with faking diseases to feel good. At one of such support groups, the Narrator comes across an impostor like him, Marla Singer.

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Fight Club Ending Explained
Edward Norton as The Narrator

The Narrator’s life changes when he encounters a charismatic soap salesman, Tyler Durden. He gets attracted towards Durden because of the free life the soap salesman lives, something which the Narrator also wishes for himself. When the Narrator returns to his house, he finds out that he lost everything to fire while he was away. Therefore, the upset Narrator calls Durden to meet up in the bar. There he shares his loss with the charming soap salesman. The Narrator further asks to move in with Tyler. To which Tyler agrees but in exchange asks the Narrator to punch him as hard he can.

After moving in with Tyler, the Narrator and his new roommate Durden start having more fights outside the bar. Soon they start attracting other men and start a fight club in the basement of the bar. In this fight club, men fight with each other to release the pain of their life. Further, the Narrator quits his job and also blackmails his boss to sponsor the club. Meanwhile, Tyler meets with Marla, and the two develop an intimate relationship which saddens the Narrator. But later, Tyler threatens the Narrator not to talk about him to Marla. And the Narrator’s new story of the fight club continues.

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What Happened In The Ending Of Fight Club?

The fight club gets bigger, and soon a man named Robert “Bob” Paulson, suffering from testicular cancer, joins the club. Further, the Narrator has met him in one of the support groups. Soon Tyler starts his group, Project Mayhem, and keeps it in the dark from the Narrator. Tyler’s group soon starts taking part in violent activities like vandalizing properties and causing problems for the Narrator.

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The Narrator with Marla sees the credit card building destroy.

But things change for the Narrator when Bob dies, and he decides to stop the activities of Tyler’s group. Therefore, he traces the movement of Tyler and finds out that the Project has spread throughout the country. Further, a member of the Project and Marla tells the Narrator that he’s Tyler. The Narrator eventually decides to meet Tyler in a hotel. But the Narrator gets the biggest revelation there that Tyler Durden is he. In reality, the charismatic soap salesman was a split personality of Tyler. Therefore, the Narrator shoots himself and injures his cheek to kill Tyler. Finally, he also accepts his love for Marla, with whom he sees the destruction of credit card building.

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The movie got confusing because we were able to see the Narrator’s split personality, Tyler. Further, the split personality had a different appearance from the Narrator. Whereas in other movies surrounding the concept of dissociative identity disorder (DID), we never see both the personalities together on the screen at the same time. Also, in other movies, both the personalities have the same face. From the Fight Club ending, we can speculate that Tyler Durden is dead. In reality, he never existed. Because Tyler was just the Narrator’s imagination. But if he never accepted the truth, then Tyler might have eventually have become the dominant personality in the Narrator’s body.

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