Use of Bathroom Scenes in the Film Pulp Fiction Essay

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Bathrooms are filthy. They are grimy, soiled porcelain wastelands swarming with harmful bacteria and human waste. And they’re one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite tools to use on the big screen. If one were to study the history of American media, he or she may notice that bathrooms are scarcely pictured. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1960 release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that a toilet was shown in cinema. The featured toilet caused quite a stir among critics, and became a symbol of American ethics. Quentin recognized the subject of morality that resided in the use of bathrooms and used it to his advantage. In his 1994 release, Pulp Fiction, Quentin frequently uses the bathroom to make the viewer question his or her ethical views. The…show more content…
Vince panics and after a moment of thought decides to bring her to his dealer’s house for advice. It seems at first like a valiant effort to save the woman’s life, but the audience has to wonder, Why not bring her to the hospital? It seems as though Vince is selfishly trying to protect himself from the legal repercussions of his illegal actions. Instead of bringing proper care to the comatose woman, he shies away from the hospital and risks Mia’s life by driving her to a house lacking medical staff and proper knowledge. His lack of compassion for Mia becomes even more apparent in the manner with which he drags the woman around. At one point he literally drops her on the ground so he can argue with his dealer. Though it is up to interpretation, I believe Vince was taking only the necessary actions to save his own reputation and career. The next occasion in which the bathroom brings forth a questioning of ethics occurs when Vincent Vega and Jules Winfield confront Brett over Wallace’s briefcase. While the two are interrogating and humiliating Brett, a fourth character remains hidden in the apartment bathroom, plotting a heroic shooting of the two henchmen. I found it interesting that by this point the audience still sides with the two gangsters over the man whose friends are being murdered outside. When the hidden character busts open the bathroom door and unleashes

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