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Pulp Fiction

Image(The Jameson Rating: 95% A brilliant, brilliant movie. The concept of time, the characters, the plot, the dialogue; all magnificent. Having been written and directed by Quentin Tarantino makes it an absolute treat.) The famed Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, left behind one of the greatest legacies ever to exist. With his views on government, ethics, and his extreme criticism, Socrates has given us all a different view on… everything. One of the legacies he is most well known for is that he developed what is referred to Socratic Dialogue. It is the very reason why people loved him, and the same as to why people hated him. It involved repeatedly asking questions, after not being satisfied with the answers given. A painful, yet clever conversation method, it can drive the other to madness while he smiles pleasantly. The form of communication is used  today by philosophy enthusiasts and young bothersome children. It can sometimes be seen in forms of literature, or in the case of Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”; movies. Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta play two hit men that have a wide array of strange conversation topics. Unintentionally, Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield carries through a conversation with John Travolta’s Vincent Vega in a form of communication similar to a Socratic Dialogue. Please be aware that there is some coarse language.

[JULES]
Okay so, tell me again about the hash bars.
[VINCENT]
Okey what do you want to know?
[JULES]
Well, hash is legal over there, right?
[VINCENT]
Yeah,It’s legal but it ain’t hundred percent legal, I mean, you just can’t walk into a restaurant,
roll a joint and start puffin’ away. They want you to smoke in your home or certain designated places.
[JULES]
And those are the hash bars?
[VINCENT]
Yeah, It breaks down like this, ok, it’s legal to buy it, it’s legal to own it,
And if you’re the proprietor of a hash bar, it’s legal to sell it.
It’s legal to carry it, but…but that dosen’t matter, ’cause, get a load of this; all right,
If you get stopped by a cop in Amsterdam, it’s illegal for them to search you.
I mean that’s a right the cops in Amsterdam don’t have.
[JULES]
Oh, man, I’m goin’, that’s all there is to it. I’m fuckin’ goin’.
[VINCENT]
I know, baby, you’d dig it the most.. But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?
[JULES]
What?
[VINCENT]
It’s the little differences. A lotta the same shit we got here,
they got there, but there they’re a little different.
[JULES]
Example ?
[VINCENT]
Alright, when you …. into a movie theatre in Amsterdam, you can buy beer.
And I don’t mean in a paper cup either. They give you a glass of beer
And in Paris, you can buy beer at MacDonald’s.
And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
[JULES]
They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?
[VINCENT]
No, they got the metric system there, they wouldn’t know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is.
[JULES]
What’d they call it?
[VINCENT]
They call it Royale with Cheese.
[JULES]
Royale with Cheese. What’d they call a Big Mac?
[VINCENT]
Big Mac’s a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac.
[JULES]
Le big Mac ! Ahhaha, what do they call a Whopper?
[VINCENT]
I dunno, I didn’t go into a Burger King.
But you know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup?
[JULES]
What?
[VINCENT]
Mayonnaise.
[JULES]
Goddamn!

If dialogue like that doesn’t intrigue you, then I’m not sure what will.

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