Pulp Fiction Essay

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Pulp (pulp) n. 1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter. 2. A book containing lurid subject matter, and being characteristically printed on rough, unfinished paper."The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and a finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."- Jules' version of Ezekiel 25:17Pulp Fiction opens up in a diner as a couple of thieves discuss the possibility of holding up restaurants. This leads us into three distinct strands; a date between a hit man and the wife of his boss, the boxer who is supposed to throw a fight and the cleaning up of a hit man's mistake. The stories are told in non chronological order and we finally return to the diner for the final scene.Pulp Fiction's three tales are structured to intersect and overlap at key points, even though they are not presented in chronological order. Tarantino arranges his initial scene to dovetail with his final one in a remarkable example of closure. Those confused by the structure will see everything clearly once the final line is spoken. "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife" is the first story. It opens with Vincent and Jules out on a hit for their boss, Marsellus. Along the way, Vincent confesses that he's uneasy about an upcoming job - taking out Marsellus' young wife Mia while the main man is out of town. The source of the nervousness lies in a story circulating that Marsellus had a man thrown out a fourth story window for giving Mia a foot massage. One wrong step and Vincent could find himself in deep trouble."The Gold Watch" is about a boxer, Butch who is handsomely paid by Marsellus to throw a fight. Only at the last moment does it become more profitable to renege on the deal. So, along with his French girlfriend, Fabienne, Butch goes on the run, hoping to live long enough to spend some of the fortune he has suddenly gained."The Bonnie Situation" ties together a few loose threads. It also introduces a suave problem-solver named Wolf and Quentin Tarantino...

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