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Pulp Fiction: A Screenplay Analysis

Posted by jennine lanouette on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Pulp Fiction Film Diner Scene

Projected Release: Fall, 2016.

Until not so long ago, most aesthetic theories never questioned the dictate that a work should tell only one story. But by now we live in a media-dominated world that is multi-layered, multi-faceted and inclusive of a multitude of viewpoints. A common downside in works that try to mirror the complexity of our daily experience is the thorny problem of coherence. How do we reflect the chaotic jumble that is contemporary life and still create an aesthetic whole? In Pulp Fiction, Tarantino managed to free himself of the constraints of classical dramatic structure—one story, one main character, one conflict, one theme—to make a film that allows for a vast array of possible meanings. Yet, he also utilizes all the necessary elements of classical structure to ensure it is not so chaotic that it fails to be accessible to the audience.

 

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