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Jules Winnfield: from tyranny to being a shepherd

Jules is the most progressive in the
movie Pulp Fiction.

Before citing judgements to analyse Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, bear the fact that he doesn’t make use of computer based scenes or sumptuous tricks in any of his ventures. It is only the story line and the characterisation and the actors respectively that bear the responsibility of fascinating the audience.

The characters that Tarantino employs are tarred with the same brush as the ones we find in the pulp magazines.
Probably one of the best and most memorable characters Tarantino has ever written, Jules Winnfield is a man who changes over the progression of the film.
Though we originally see him as a fast talking scary hitman who quotes bible of all things, we later see another side of the man.

While his partner Vincent sees the world from a casual and morally ambiguous PoV, Jules questions everything and follows a moral code, albeit one that isn’t immune to change.

It is only after he miraculously escapes death that he contemplates the meaning of his life calling it a “divine intervention” which his partner dismisses. In the end, this revelation ends up saving Jules’ life, as he got out of the business at the right time.

The real test of character however transpires at the Hawthrone Grill where Jules and Vincent decide to have breakfast which leads the former to apply his moral code.

The way he becomes a shepherd is revolutionary because we can compare it to the previous scene in Brett’s apartment, where Jules shooting the guts out of Brett.
In his Krazy Kat t-shirt and gym shorts, Jules doesn’t have to live up to that expectation of being a hitman. His facial expression is serious and he isn’t getting pleasure out of his control.
It’s almost like God is testing him to see if he’s really changed.
How strongly he tries to become a Shephard when all he can be is an evil man tells something of his conviction to change his ways about life.
This transformation symbolises a major theme in the film: mercy.
When we take an outer perspective of the film, we can see that those who don’t show mercy end up losing everything.

Jules’ Ezekiel 25:17 had been his mantra for years but only after coming face to face with death did he realise the verse’s true meaning is rooted in the virtue of mercy.

And ultimately his divine verses help him through the situation peacefully and make disciples as well in the form Pumpkin and Honey Bunny.

He tried real hard to become a shepherd and did he give it all?
Oh yes. A big Yes


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