English 015 Section 027
11 December 2015
Pulp Fiction’s Bathroom Fixation Although most would relate bathrooms to places of grime and filth, the director of Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, portrays them as sacred symbols that relate to moral dilemmas held within both his movie’s characters and its audience. Featuring bathrooms in films has only recently become acceptable, with the first showing occurring in 1960 within the film Psycho. Critics argued that toilets are the last things audiences would like to see at the movie theatre, but this controversy inspired even more features of latrines in later cinematography. For instance, within one of Quentin Tarantino’s most popular and critically acclaimed films, Pulp Fiction, he not only includes the usage of the bathroom, but features the specific kind of room multiple times throughout the film. However, the frequent portrayal of these small, dirty rooms was no accident and instead served as a symbolic place of recollection of one’s morals and ethics. Throughout the movie, characters are seen within bathrooms on multiple occasions. More importantly to note, however, is what the characters do while they are within them. And no, I am not referring to that activity, so get your mind out of the gutter. Every time a character finds himself within a bathroom, he is always questioning his actions or what he should do next. A moral dilemma is always occurring within the character’s mind within a restroom.