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THE USE OF FRAGMENTED NARRATIVES IN “KILL BILL VOL 1 & 2”

In film, there are many ways one can tell a story through different forms of narratives. In Quentin Tarantino’s movie “Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2”, he uses what is called a non-chronological narration. Non-chronological narrative or non-linear narratives is a technique used in story telling where the events are potrayed in a non-chronological order. It is known by non-chronological narrative, every storytelling that is not told in a sequential order as beginning, middle, and end, but instead a medium which sets the events although out of a chronological timeline. Usually it is designed in such a way where it will seem like that of human memory although that is not always the case. This technique is a favourite of directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Chris Nolan as seen in films such as Pulp Fiction and Inception.

Originally designed to be a single movie, the saga of The Bride in Kill Bill was later divided in two volumes as required by its developers during the screen time’s length. Inspired by the book The Bride Wore Black from 1940, by the American author Cornell Woolrich,, a film clearly paying homage to the old samurai, kung fu, and western movies. The movie presented an outstanding soundtrack and photography, going further to Japanese animation to complete black and white frames.

Portrayed by Uma Thurman, The Bride’s saga was not only about sword fighting and limbs being ripped off from warriors and assassins, but this impression would just be noted in 2004 when the second volume was released. It was not about a sequence, but part of the same story the previous volume showed. For those who observed the entire structure, Kill Bill had a non-chronological narrative characteristic as previous Tarantino’s works had, mainly Pulp Fiction from 1994. The time factor in a narrative, as Lothe (2000, p. 53) points out, is ‘a factor that constitutes both the story and the discourse’. This allegation finds

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