Pulp Fiction: The Meaning Of Structures In Pulp Fiction

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Pulp /’pelp/ n. 1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter. 2. A magazine or book containing lurid subject matter and being characteristically printed on rough, unfinished paper.” That’s it. That’s all the pre-requisite information you’re allowed to bring in with you before the movie begins. Don’t worry; you don’t need any more than that to start with. This is how Quentin Tarantino opens his second and greatest film, Pulp Fiction (1994); telling us upfront, in plain English (do you speak it?) courtesy of the American Heritage Dictionary, what to expect. By Tarantino’s admission, he compares it to ‘soft, moist, shapeless masses of matter’; names it ‘Pulp’, thus calling it a film ‘containing lurid subject matter’; crediting its acclaim to the ‘rough’, ‘unfinished’ veneer. Yet even as the definition of pulp fades, it won’t take long before we forget the significance of pulp’s meaning. We’re swept away by…show more content…
Vincent Vega is the lead of the first story and is a hit man for Marcellus Wallace. The narrative is the prizefighter Butch Coolidge, and the third story has Vincent’s partner Jules Winnfield in the lead. Each story focuses on a different series of incidents but they are all connected together through Marcellus. Generalizing Pulp Fiction, it can be seen how Quentin Tarantino is fascinated with narrative structure and that he deliberately confuses the audience with fragmentation of the narrative. Its four narratives overlap, thus the characters wander between them. The creating of the story in our minds gives us a pleasure of
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