PulpFiction: Violence and Religion, Was this film what I expected?

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Pulp Fiction:  Violence and Religion, Was this film what I expected?

“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 the 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 attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.  And you will know I am the lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”

After watching Pulp Fiction many times the part that I thought about the most was the speech made by Jules (Samuel L Jackson).  This is one of the most memorable films I have ever watched as Quentin Tarantino has managed to make three complex stories become one.  He has combined three of the oldest crime-story lines together.  Firstly the plot of the “big mans” wife, one of his boys taking her out but he is not allowed to touch her.  Secondly, an object or symbol determining the actions of a fighter and pride is the reason why he disobeyed the boss even though it would mean his life.  The third story is not as classic.  When we see hit men at the beginning of a film their characters tend to fade into the background and are shaded by the lead roles however Quentin Tarantino allows us to stay with the hit men and to our surprise they supply us with leading characters and “dark but great” story. (John Travolta, 1993 interview)  It is the third story and Jules that I am going to concentrate on as, to me his performance was the most memorable.

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Violence and religion, the word religion did not enter my thoughts when first seeing this film I remembered the quote but never actually realised how important it was to the meaning of the film.  Like many people I couldn’t get passed the complex of the different story lines.  The violence wasn’t like your ordinary action film where you know in the back of your mind that it is mainly special effects and that they are only there for your entertainment.  With Pulp Fiction you believe that what is happening was real.  I moved on to another film but couldn’t ...

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