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I greatly enjoyed PULP FICTION and was intrigued by its structure, but I
also had the impression that Tarantino was playing it safe in one respect.
The story doubling back on itself allows the filmmaker to kill off a
likable character yet still show that character alive and charming at the
end of the film, effectively undoing or erasing the death scene. And so we
don't leave the theater bummed out by the demise of this character.
 
I didn't do a SPOILER ALERT since I kept this reference so vague--hope that
suffices or even piques the curiosity of those who haven't seen the film
yet.
 
--Richard
 
Richard J. Leskosky
Unit for Cinema Studies, UIUC
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