Narrative Structure of Pulp Fiction

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Quentin Tarantino
United States Of America - 1994
John Travolta, Samel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis

Quentin Tarantino’s American crime film “Pulp Fiction” is organized through three separate but interrelated storylines. There is one story that constructed by three distinct stories. At the beginning of the sequences, titles are shown on the black screen which provides a recognizable source for narration.The first story-Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s wife- is about Vincent Vega (John Travolta) who is responsible for spending time with his boss Marsellus Wallace’s wife, Mia (Uma Thurman). The second story -The Gold Watch- is about the espace of prizefighter Butch (Bruce Willis) from Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames).
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This serves to the complicating action. With complicating action, action shifts and some obstacles occurs in order to make it more compelling for protagonist to achieve his/her goal. This next scene shifts the action to Vincent’s relationship with his boss’ wife Mia Wallace. We see Butch during his confrontation with Marsellus Wallace at the very beginning of the first part. As he takes the money from Marsellus and agrees to take a dive in his next match, Vincent and Jules enter with a briefcase, dressed as they just came from a pool party. The tension between Vince and Butch pave the way for them to confront in a hostile way, in the second story. The narrative, in this scene, establishes a connection with the upcoming story. In the next scene, Vincent and Mia have dinner at Jack Rabbit Slim’s and participate in a twist contest. Before Mia and Vincent met, Mia snorts cocaine which gives a hint to the audience that the obliged date will be a little rugged which leads to complicating action. Mia overdoses and Vincent takes her Lance’s home where he purchases heroin and races against time to save Mia. At the end of the first story, Vincent saves Mia and they promise each other for keeping this action as a secret. These action scenes are used in the film to strengthen the continuity. Also, the relationship that is constructed between Mia and Vincent , share similarity with the relationship between Butch and Marsellus that will be constructed at the end of the second

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