Themes of Pulp Fiction 1

Topics: Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction, Films considered the greatest ever Pages: 6 (1369 words) Published: May 11, 2015


Themes of Pulp Fiction
Wesley Donald
ENG225

There are arguably many themes within the film ‘Pulp Fiction’, but one theme sticks out above all of the others. No matter how far down the rabbit hole you may venture, redemption is still attainable if only you are willing to reach out and take it.

Quention Terantino has a unique way of storytelling. He has a way of taking people that are outcasts, living on the very fringe of society and somehow making his audience like them. He can take a blood thirsty, cold hearted criminal that would seem very intimidating or scary to most normal people and presenting them in such a way that the audience falls in love with them- or at the very least sympathizes with them. Take Jules for example. During the course of the film he is personally responsible for the murder of no less than three people and helps dispose of another person. He didn’t just kill these people; he did it without batting an eyelash. One man was laying on a couch while Jules was talking to another man and without warning or even flinching, he shoots the man on the couch saying: “I'm sorry, did I break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that. Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions.” The main point to get across here is that Jules is a very unsavory character. But something changes- something that is a defining part of the entire film. Jules has an epiphany while on this job. After jules and Vincent kill the first two men, a third, armed assailant pops out from behind a wall and opens fire at Jules and Vincent. Miraculously, neither Jules nor Vincent were even grazed during this intense moment. They immediately kill the man. Vincent is not concerned at all, but Jules can’t believe that the man missed at point blank range for nothing and that is when it hits Jules that there may be more to life than killing people for money. Jules believes that what has happened is divine intervention. So from this point on in the film Jules begins to have a transformation. Before he kills someone he likes to say the bible verse Ezekiel 25:17. The actual bible verse is “I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.” However, in the film Jules uses an extended version: “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 good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.” I think that the reason there is so much added wording to the bible verse is to further highlight the importance of the ‘good shepherd’ theme in the movie. Before the ‘divine intervention’ Jules claims the only reason he says this is because it is simply a cool thing to say before he kills someone. But after the ‘divine intervention’ he really begins to think about it and decides that instead of being the tyranny of evil men he wants to be the shepherd of the weak. Jules gets his chance when his story crosses over with that of Pumpkin and Honey Bunny. Pumpkin and Honey Bunny are a couple that hold up a diner that Jules and Vincent happen to be eating at. They lock the doors and take everybody’s wallets and put them in a bag. When they get to Jules (Vincent is in the bathroom reading a comic) Pumpkin inquires about what Jules has in the brief case. When he opens the briefcase Jules pulls his gun on him and explains that the brief case isn’t his to give away. But Jules has Pumpkin pull his wallet out of the bag and gives him all of the cash in it. Jules goes on to tell Pumpkin that he is giving him that money so he doesn’t...
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