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Meiosis-Fight Club

Tapinosis is another similar term to meiosis.  An example of this device can be found in David Fincher’s 1999 film Fight Club.  This movie revolves around “two men” that come together, form an alliance, and make a place wheter them as well as otehr males can come together and fight and release their aggressions.  This movie is a very serious and thrilling movie.  The particular scene that exhibits tapinosis is in a speech that Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) gives.  He delivers it outside while men, the men that he has recruited and that he has bought a house for, are digging holes into the backyard.  Durden says to them, “Listen up, maggots.  You are not special.  You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake.  You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”  This is a very interesting juxtaposistion of decaying matter and the digging of the holes, which the dirt is full of this.  This speech exemplifies tapinosis because Durden is belittling these people by calling them maggots and saying that they are not special.  This is what one of the big devices of tapinosis is, the belittling of people.    This is a very serious statement to them because there is no joking tone to his tone.  These statements can also easily play on the emotions of these men that are digging.  It can do this because the degrading tone could get to them.


Fight Club. Dir. David Fincher. Perf. Brad Pitt. Fox, 1999. DVD. Also available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X2AvfSTi6Q

Categories: emotion, film, meiosis
  1. annagilbert31
    December 14, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I’m thinking of the army’s way of degrading soldiers in order to command authority. Numerous military movies show drill sargeants calling the privates all kinds of bad names. In some ways, this device seems the backbone of some American institutions. However, we also must remember that every child is “special” in American, and the American dream leaves little room for leaving people in the mud too long. And that’s a good thing.

  2. rmnovick
    December 15, 2011 at 1:45 am

    The deflamatory tone is intended to deflate whatever ego might stand in the way of the goal, whether the goal is to initiate sub-cultural terrorism or engage in a combat zone. The ego would only serve to reinforce conscience, and conscience has no place when intentional destruction is the aim. I think of a much lighter scenario, one which makes a similar appeal but isn’t so drastic in scope. In kitchens, it is common practice for the cooks to call each names. In the short run series, “Kitchen Confidential,” a new chef takes over the kitchen and since she’s female, the rest of the staff thinks they can pull one over on her. She asserts her toughness, around 5:26 of this episode. She calls the other cooks “tools” in order to illustrate how she is fully capable of running the show.

  3. May 23, 2013 at 2:35 am

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