Charles Chaponis
WRT 101
Bruce Johnson
Final Copy
2/12/97


Throughout the movie Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino, there are many hidden references to religion and the Bible. The movie starts off, introducing our two main characters, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, as two cheap hitmen in search of a package belonging to their boss, Marcellus Wallace. The package is retrieved, and they then began their job of returning it to their boss. Along the way, they ran into difficulties, such as Vega’s so-called "date" with his boss’ wife, Mia, during which she overdosed on heroin, and Vega was forced to take her to the drug dealer’s house to save her life, as well as the robbers in the restaurant, who try to take the suitcase from Winnfield, but were unsuccessful. The whole movie serves as a warning to all mankind to avoid the temptations of the Devil, as well as a warning to not try to play God, because the two boys who stole the suitcase play the role of the Devil, as do the drugs, and they were almost the downfall of the whole attempt.

The movie wasted no time in introducing the first biblical reference when the two men try to retrieve the suitcase containing Wallace’s belongings. When Vega opened the suitcase, he used the combination "666" to open the suitcase, and when he opened it, the contents glowed a golden-orange color. This was obviously an introductory attempt to show the audience that the suitcase held Marcellus’ soul. Perhaps Tarantino was trying to show that the people that stole the suitcase were the devils pawns, and these two hitmen were angels trying to retrieve stolen property.

After Vega and Winnfield had obtained their "treasure," Winnfield quoted the Bible, specifically Ezekiel 25:17, the passage about destroying the evil members of the society that try to harm others for no reason. Part of that passage was "..and you will know my name is the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon thee." This quote shows that Winnfield sees what he is doing as heroic, or maybe angelic, and by carrying out his duties, he is following the word of the Lord. As Winnfield shot the boy, Brett, an orange-golden glow enveloped the screen, representing Brett’s soul leaving his body. This whole part of the movie is to warn the evil-doers of the world to cease their wrongdoings, because there are people out there who will stop them.

The next main scene of the movie took place in a bar, where Marcellus Wallace sat, conversing with Butch, a boxer, whose career, Wallace said, is near an end. He convinced Butch to throw a fight, for a cash reward. As the camera pans around, we see that Wallace had a bandage on the back of his neck. The Bible states when the Devil takes your soul, he takes it out of the back of your neck. This is where Tarantino really hinted to us about what was taking place, and this further suggests that Wallace’s soul was in the suitcase. This scene also suggests that Wallace was possibly trying to play God by trying to make Butch throw the fight. These signs show us that if we try to play God, we will be punished severely.

Now we saw Vincent Vega visiting a drug dealer who looked astonishingly like classic descriptions of Jesus Christ. This uncanny resemblance can only be here to show us one thing: that He is the creator of all, and can be the destroyer of all as well, just as drugs can destroy all. This is a very hidden, but well understood sign, for those of us who take the time to notice it. As it turns out, later in the film, we see the drugs that Vega bought from the dealer cause Mia to OD and she narrowly escaped death with an adrenaline shot to the heart. The adrenaline shot was administered by Vega, however it was at the dealer’s house, once again showing us that He has supreme control over us, for without the dealer, Mia would never have been in this situation, nor would she have made it out if it alive.

Jumping back a bit, at the beginning of the date between Vincent and Mia, as Vincent entered Mia’s