Module: ENGL 3004
Tutor: Prof. G. Gaylard
Elective: Celluloid Metafiction
Due date: 16 August 2013
Topic: Write a critical analysis of the significance of the non-linear narrative of Pulp Fiction.
English 3004: Post Modernism Pulp Fiction This essay will discuss the many original and revolutionary themes as well as cinematic techniques employed by Quentin Tarantino in his film Pulp Fiction, with particular emphasis on the use of non-linear narrative and its significance. I will further elucidate the reasoning behind why many critics label this film as the ‘archetypal postmodern film’.
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The initial significance of the non-linear narrative lies on the very surface and is easily observed and understood by the viewer. The significance of the non-linear narrative in Pulp Fiction is far more layered and complex than merely stating that it is endorsed by Tarantino to induce the postmodernist characteristic of contravening the quotidian way of operating or stating that it also mimics the structure of human memory. I would argue that Tarantino’s use of non-linear narrative is far more multifaceted in terms of its significance than merely for the reasons stated in the previous sentence. The more sophisticated and arguably the more intended reasoning for Tarantino’s choice of non-linear narrative is that non-linear narrative requires the audience in order to progress and is therefore incomplete without the audience’s interaction. This narration technique heightens the immersion for many viewers by creating a bridge between the narrative world and reality. The burden of rationalising the events which unfold during the film is shifted onto the viewer and it becomes the viewers’ job to put into correct order this ‘shuffled deck’ of …show more content…
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