In Pulp Fiction the bathroom anchors a dense nexus that connects blood and violence to anal eroticism and smearing. In this permits delicate intersections that connects aggressive soiling impulses with tense efforts to consolidate, to clean, and to refrain, at the literal level, and at the figurative level, with social hygienic dreams of sanitizing a word such as ‘nigger’. In the process, the bathroom also realigns cultural authority in relation to refuse, or trash, on the one hand, and to ‘race’ on the other.
—'Style', posture, and idiom: Tarantino's figures of masculinity. - Sharon Willis