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The Use Of Different Genres In Thelma And Louise And Pulp Fiction

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The Use of Different Genres in Thelma and Louise and Pulp Fiction

The term ‘genre’ is used for classifying media texts into groups that
have similar characteristics. In Thelma and Louise and Pulp Fiction, a
mixture of genres was used in these films. This is known as hybrid
genre. In Thelma and Louise, the following genres were used throughout
the film: chick-flick, drama, comedy, musical, action, police chase,
western and romance. In Pulp Fiction, the following genres were used
throughout the film: gangster, sporting events (boxing), comedy,
action, musical, mystery, romance and suspense (the Adrenalin
injection for Mia).

Thelma and Louise is classified as a road movie because; the film
involves two female characters travelling around the western states by
road to escape the male society. Pulp Fiction is classified as a
gangster film, as it tells us a story(s) of two male characters, as
professional assassins and the lives of other characters associating
with these main characters. The film consists of three interwoven
stories: “Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’ Wife”, “The Gold Watch”
and “The Bonnie Situation”. Pulp Fiction also tells another interwoven
story, “The Diner” at the beginning (prologue) and the ending
(epilogue) of the film.

Thelma and Louise starts with equilibrium, of an image of a broad
landscape that gradually brightens and then instantly turns back into
darkness. The connotation of this opening scene is, everything will
begin fine with the two women but, it could turn horribly wrong later
in the film. There was also a rock ‘n’ roll country music, Tex-Mex,
playing in the background to tell us that the film is set in the
western states of USA. The music was the interpellation and was
announcing to the audience that the film has begun. The film ended
with disequilibrium of the scene where, the audience see Louise puts
the car in gear and stamps on the pedal, and they roar off over the
edge of the cliff to certain death. The picture freezes as the car
hovers high above the canyon and gets brighter and brighter until, all
we can see is pure white light. This film tells the audience that,
Thelma and Louise cannot adapt to male society, and they do not want
to surrender themselves for the crime they don’t want to commit
(Harlan’s abusive language forced Louise to shoot him-action code).
They believe that if they did surrender to the police, they would not
get the justice they wanted because, men have more power than women.
In the end of the film, the main characters got want they always
wanted freedom.

According to the order of events (known as plot or syuzhet), Pulp
Fiction started with disequilibrium of the scene where, Honey
Bunny/Yolanda and Pumpkin/Ringo holds up the same diner where they
discussed their plans. The film ended with a new equilibrium...

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