Narrative Structure of Pulp Fiction

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Quentin Tarantino
United States Of America - 1994
John Travolta, Samel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis

Quentin Tarantino’s American crime film “Pulp Fiction” is organized through three separate but interrelated storylines. There is one story that constructed by three distinct stories. At the beginning of the sequences, titles are shown on the black screen which provides a recognizable source for narration.The first story-Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s wife- is about Vincent Vega (John Travolta) who is responsible for spending time with his boss Marsellus Wallace’s wife, Mia (Uma Thurman). The second story -The Gold Watch- is about the espace of prizefighter Butch (Bruce Willis) from Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Lastly, Vincent’s fellow Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) is the lead of the third story, The Bonnie Situaton. Despite its fragmented and unconventional narrative chronology, Pulp Fiction fits four-part narrative structure which consists of; an exposition, a complicating action, a development and an epilogue. This essay will basically examine how the movie “Pulp Fiction” fits this four-part narrative structure model. The film starts with the two lovers, Honey Bunny and Pumpkin, discussing in a restaurant while having breakfast, whether they can rob the restaurant and make money off the customers or not. This is the scene which conflicts the expectations of the audiences and where the audiences can not make a connection with the movie until the end of the film. As they decide to rub the restaurant with guns in their hands, the scene breaks off and and the movie title credits roll. The upcoming scene is where two fellow, Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are killing a couple of so called criminals and retrieving a briefcase. While Vincent and Jules killing Brett and the other collaborator, the turning point occurs. These two scenes are constructing a set up for the movie, a prelude for the first storyline which forms exposition....
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