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VIOLENCEPUNISHMENT IN PULP FICTION Pulp Fiction one of the most highly acclaimed films of 1995 was without a doubt a shocking and controversial movie Drugs sex and especially violence filled our eyes and our ears Director Quentin Tarantino brought into the mainstream a genre that had never had such mass appeal and he did it very successfully After viewing Pulp Fiction 2 the issues of violence and punishment arise and we have to question what role they play in the film The first work that we read for this class The Body of the Condemned by Michael Foucault had some extremely graphic stories in it The one that stands out most clearly is the scene of the spectacle of eighteenth century punishment In writing about how Damiens the regicide was brutally tortured Foucault says The flesh will be torn from his breast arms thighs and calves with red-hot pincers his right hand holding the knife with which he committed the said parricide burnt with sulfur Relating this example to Pulp Fiction we see there is a definite connection Being quite a movie buff I have to say that violence and punishment can be traced to Quentin Tarantinos earlier films most noticeably True Romance and Reservoir Dogs A brutal torture scene sort of like the Damiens the regicide of the 90s took place in Reservoir Dogs A gangster cut the ear of a police officer off sliced his face up with a razor then poured gasoline all over him Definitely not as bad as Foucaults example but to actually watch it in a film made many cringe and
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