Barr, Kevin. "Narrative Structure in Film: 'Pulp Fiction' & 'Citizen Kane'" Suite101.com. N.p., 8 Feb. 2011. Web. 27 Oct. 2012. . Summary:
The article "Narrative Structure in Film: 'Pulp Fiction' & 'Citizen Kane'” from Suite101.com by Kevin Barr evaluates the directing style of Quentin Tarantino in Pulp Fiction by delving into the reasons behind the unconventional narrative style (linear vs. fractured narrative). As such with how Vincent is shot dead by Butch, but returns on-screen a few scenes later due to the timeline. Another example being how the opening scene of the movie isn’t resolved until the end, as Tarantino employs a major distortion of real time. Evaluation:
Kevin Barr presents a clear and well stated thesis that introduces the article and is well supported throughout the reading and within the film. His thesis is that even though the term ‘narrative’ has been used to describe the overall connection of events within the world of a movie, this theory can be altered to create what is recognized as the unconventional narrative structure, as opposed to a single ‘formula’ of which would be known as a chronological, linear story. Barr includes a variety of well-supported examples from different sections of the movie. Aforementioned examples including the distortion of real time where Vincent is shot dead by Butch but later returns on-screen a few scenes later, and the opening restaurant scene where Honey Bunny and Pumpkin start a hold-up in a small diner that doesn’t conclude until the end of the film are some prime examples Barr gives when analyzing the individual ‘stories’ in the movie. The fractured narrative style thus robs the audience of the privileged position that the conventions of an established ending shot permits. Barr uses correct grammar, appropriate vocabulary, and a varied sentence structure in the article that goes above and beyond a typical analysis or critic. Barr pulls in ideas and quotes from numerous sources. While detailing how...
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