Tarantino truly condemns American nihilism in its entirety when the ravishing taxi-driver asks Butch about the meaning of his name. He casually responds by saying, “I’m an American, honey. Our names don’t mean shit.” This exchange was the essence of Tarantino’s take on American nihilism. His association of the vibrant American culture with the absence of meaning in a name implies that beneath all the fuss, America is nothing but meaningless.
However, not just nihilism, Pulp Fiction’s integral focus is on redemption, which was well represented on Jules and Butch’s transformation. Both of the characters were instilled with a sense of purpose to break free from the shackles of the nihilistic American culture.
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