Religion & Pulp Fiction 

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Conclusion 

On its surface, Pulp Fiction appears to be nothing more than a humorous and violence filled gangster flick void of all forms of religion. However, upon a deeper analysis, it is clear that religion is an important element throughout the film. Despite its violence, crude language, and drugs, at its heart Pulp Fiction is a Christian narrative discussing the battle between good and evil. Tarantino illustrates that although there is evil inside all of us, God will redeem those who follow his will, and punish those who allow their evil side to triumph over good. 


Additionally, the nihilistic and capitalistic world of Pulp Fiction is a reflection of society today. Tarantino attempts to warn viewers of the harmful effects of the consumer driven world that we live in. If society members fall victim to consumerism, their fate will be similar to that of Vincent or Marcellus. However, those who choose to transcend materialism will be redeemed like Jules and Butch.  


As Jules "walks the earth" in order to find purpose in his life, Tarantino asks audience members to reject the nihilistic nature of modern society and live a meaningful life. 


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Created by Jordan Steinhauer for Dr. Jennifer Porter's Religion 2812 class at Memorial University. 

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