Surrealist and Taylor Durden (yes, from Fight Club)

First Surrealist Manifesto By Andre Breton and “Fight Club” (Movie) Directed by David Fincher, (Writer) Chuck Palahniuk

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Did anyone else think of “Fight Club” when they read “First Surrealist Manifesto” by Andre Breton?  If you haven’t watched it, shame on you and download it A.S.A.P. 

Change your life

“All the ways you wish you could be, that’s me. 

I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly,

 I am free in all the ways that you are not.”

-Brad Pitt as Taylor Durden.

 Edward Norton, the narrator, plays a lonely, (some-what) anti-social, neurotic, Ikea- furniture- addict, insomniac, but finds comfort in listening to other people’s misery in life by attending support groups for life-threatening illnesses.  His comfort is destroyed by a woman who also fakes illnesses to attend the same support groups.  Norton’s character is then back to his original miserable insomniac state.  Then he meets, Taylor, a person who he describes as “…by far the most interesting single-serving friend…”.

I am using “Fight Club” as an example because it is (what I think) Andre Breton is writing about.  It is not what reality has to give but it’s about understanding what your subconscious really needs and what it really wants.  The point I am trying to make is that, Edward Norton, the narrator, is living in a reality that he is unsatisfied with.  He lives a life where he is a ‘nobody’, a person who purchases everything from the Ikea catalog, a person who finds everything mundane and then he turns into a ‘do-er’, a person who isn’t afraid of new things, a person who is living his surreal state because his alter ego comes to life.  In reality the “waking state”, restricts us from truly expressing ourselves and even if we do (express ourselves), we are still limited.  And in “Fight Club”, Norton, had to make a separate personality, an alter ego to satisfy what his subconscious and physical state wanted.  Granted, when or if we do make an alter ego, it’s not as cool or as cynical as Brad Pitt’s character, but the concept of Surrealism is there, right?  This is how I am relating to the Surrealistic idea.

To be honest, I am not 100% sure if I understand what Andre Breton is saying but this is when you (my classmates and professor who unfortunately have to read this) tell me if I am right or wrong.   I agree with what Breton is saying in First Surrealist Manifesto.  Breton states, “If the depths of our minds conceal strange forces capable of augmenting or conquering those on the surface, it is in our greatest interest to capture them; first to capture them and later to submit them, should the occasion arise, to the control of reason. “  Who really sits there and thinks about their dreams or what our subconscious truly wants, other than scholars, professionals and students who studies psychology, Surrealism, etc?  I believe we all crave to understand what our subconscious really wants/ needs.  I believe that it is important to analyze and decipher what our subconscious is trying to tell us, IF we ever think about it.  I don’t think we should be living our dream world in reality or making alter egos like Taylor Durden because G_d knows what the world will turn out, but to understand what our subconscious is to truly understand ourselves. 

PS…  I’m probably not doing this assignment correctly and it probably makes NO sense at all but if anyone can comment on mine or just to let me know if I’m doing something wrong, it’ll be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

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