Biblical References In Pulp Fiction Essay

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Pulp Fiction

Throughout the movie Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino, there are
many hidden references to religion and the Bible. The movie starts off,
introducing our two main characters, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, as two
cheap hitmen in search of a package belonging to their boss, Marcellus Wallace.
The package is retrieved, and they then began their job of returning it to their
boss. Along the way, they ran into difficulties, such as Vega's so-called
"date" with his boss' wife, Mia, during which she overdosed on heroin, and Vega
was forced to take her to the drug dealer's house to save her life, as well as
the robbers in the restaurant, who try to take the suitcase from Winnfield, but
were unsuccessful. The whole movie serves as a warning to all mankind to avoid
the temptations of the Devil, as well as a warning to not try to play God,
because the two boys who stole the suitcase play the role of the Devil, as do
the drugs, and they were almost the downfall of the whole attempt.

The movie wasted no time in introducing the first biblical reference
when the two men try to retrieve the suitcase containing Wallace's belongings.
When Vega opened the suitcase, he used the combination "666" to open the
suitcase, and when he opened it, the contents glowed a golden-orange color.
This was obviously an introductory attempt to show the audience that the
suitcase held Marcellus' soul. Perhaps Tarantino was trying to show that the
people that stole the suitcase were the devils pawns, and these two hitmen were
angels trying to retrieve stolen property.

After Vega and Winnfield had obtained their "treasure," Winnfield quoted
the Bible, specifically Ezekiel 25:17, the passage about destroying the evil
members of the society that try to harm others for no reason. Part of that
passage was "..and you will know my name is the Lord, when I lay my vengeance
upon thee." This quote shows that Winnfield sees what he is doing as heroic, or
maybe angelic, and by carrying out his duties, he is following the word of the
Lord. As Winnfield shot the boy, Brett, an orange-golden glow enveloped the
screen, representing Brett's soul leaving his body. This whole part of the
movie is to warn the evil-doers of the world to cease their wrongdoings, because
there are people out there who will stop them.

The next main scene of the movie took place in a bar, where Marcellus
Wallace sat, conversing with Butch, a boxer, whose career, Wallace said, is near
an end. He convinced Butch to throw a fight, for a cash reward. As the camera
pans around, we see that Wallace had a bandage on the back of his neck. The
Bible states when the Devil takes your soul, he takes it out of the back of your
neck. This is where Tarantino really hinted to us about what was taking place,
and this further suggests that Wallace's soul was in the suitcase. This scene
also suggests that Wallace was possibly trying to play God by trying to...

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