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"Pulp Fiction" As A Reflection Of The American Society

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To answer the question: how the movie pulp fiction is a reflection of the American society? We must acknowledge that both the movie and society have a common element: Violence. If we take a closer look, violence is intimately connected with revenge. Both elements conform a vicious circle, where they bust each other; violence is feed by revenge and vice versa. Throughout the essay, we are going to explain this social behavior, analyzing the causes of violence and its consequences, stating revenge as its key element and the moral values that sustain it and postpone it from generation to generation.Violence is by definition: Physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or ...view middle of the document...

The paramilitares, are also an organization that use revenge on the guerillas because they were once victims of the murders made by them to their relatives. This phenomenon is not only seen in Colombian reality, for example in the case of United States, after the attack on the twin towers, American prisons (Abu Ghraib) in Iraq, tortured its prisoners as a vengeance of being the responsible of killing thousands of people in September 11th.These are just two known examples in large scale of what humans are capable of doing when they had been hurt by someone or something. Not to mention the small scale eventualities, like sexual abuses, murders, physical aggressions that occur in the daily basis of our lives.Another factor that generates violence, is the society's inner fear. This fear is caused by a series of warnings that we learn since we are born that determine our reaction when we are involved in a violent situation. For example, we are raised knowing that people different from us, could be harmful. This theory develops till the point of killing them in order to preserve our lives.In the movie, American VIOLENCE is reduced, to a series of events and characters that reproduce it naturally. Vengeance by previous violent acts is manifested, when butch disobeys Marsellus and wins the fight and Marsellus as a consequence, wants to murder him for betrayal. Another example is when Vincent also feels Marsellus's vengeance when he finds Mia almost dead. He is able to visualize what would happen to him if Marsellus finds out, and he does the impossible to win her back. Not to mention, Jules's bible's passage: "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers." Where revenge is clearly explained as being a consequence of a...

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