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What does the narrator mean when he refers to the miracle of death?

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shannon-mitchell | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM via web

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What does the narrator mean when he refers to the miracle of death?

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caitlinjoseph10 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM (Answer #1)

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In the novel, Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik, death is a common theme which connects the characters and the club itself.  Death is even described, darkly, as a miracle.  The miracle has a two part meaning.  The first miracle shows death as a relief from life.  The second takes a complex human being, "walking and talking," in life, to a mere object.  Death creates equality.  Death is something we all must endure, and it equalizes all humans from all walks of life. 

There is little fear in fight club regarding the idea of death.  Instead, it is embraced, accepted, and, at times, welcomed.  It is seen as a relief from life - from all of the complexities, worries, responsibiliites and secrets.  Instead, death is welcomed as a miracle. This is the first miracle.

Robert Paulson, the man who is killed, is also nothing more than a casing - an object.  He is not a soul, not an attitude, not a personality.  He is now, in death, an object.  He will always be 48 years old.  He will always possess the scars he earned in life, but he just only a shell.  He is equal to every other person who has left this earth.  Robert Paulson is given back his name and becomes a hero in his death.  But, though his memory lives as heroic, he is still left to remain an object.  To lay dormant and no longer work as part of the "cause."   This is the second miracle. 

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