The first “Act” of Pulp Fiction follows a story through VINCE VEGA’s eyes and centers on his relationship with his boss’s wife MIA. He is asked by his boss to take Mia out while his boss is out of town, but be aware that his boss almost killed another man for rubbing Mia’s feet. Obviously, this is a touchy situation, but it only gets worse when Vince meets her and starts to like her. They enjoy an intimate meal and return home in a romantic, dancing glow. That’s when Mia mistakes Vince’s heroin for cocaine and overdoses on it while he’s not looking. Vince has to save her or face his deadly boss’ wrath. He returns to his heroin dealer and through desperate measures, they revive Mia and save her life. Vince returns Mia to her house and blows her a kiss goodnight, feeling affection for her that he will never reveal.
The second “Act” follows boxer BUTCH COOLIDGE. Where Vincent Vega was the Main Character, now Butch is. Butch has been asked to take a dive by Marsellus Wallace (in a small scene played out between the two sequences of “Act 1”). Faced with this humiliating request, Butch finds he can’t do it. Instead, he double-crosses Marsellus and tries to escape town with his girlfriend FABIENNE. But Fabienne forgets to pack the one thing that Butch values above all else: his father’s watch. Butch’s daring attempt to retrieve his watch results in a deadly confrontation with Marsellus and finally brings him to an even worse evil hidden in the neighborhood.
The third “Act” would fall chronologically (in terms of the events described in this work) within the first act, between Brett’s execution and Vincent’s date with Marsellus Wallace’s wife. For thematic reasons, however, this “Act” is plucked out of sequence and presented to close this film. Where Vincent was the Main Character of the first Act and Butch Coolidge was the Main Character of the second Act, hitman Jules Winnfield is the Main Character of the third Act. Faced with certain death at the hands of one of the boys he was sent to execute, Jules is shot at six times in close quarters and every bullet misses him. He is deeply affected and believes this has been a sign from God that he must “quit the life” and become an ordinary citizen rather than a criminal. His new resolve is tested by two trials, one involving the disposal of a dead body and one where he becomes the intended victim of an armed robbery. He manages to survive both encounters with his new holiness intact and ends the story fully intending to “quit the life” and “walk the earth like Kung Fu.”