“Kill Bill is Tarantino’s best film. First Tarantino does what everyone does, he strengthens his heroine by giving her male traits - she’s a tough badass, Charles Bronson/Lee Marvin type hell bent on revenge - but anyone who’s watched both films to the end can attest that by the finish she finds her true strength in womanhood (or more accurately, motherhood). The symbolism is right there on the screen. Instead of chopping Bill down when he tries to slice her, what does she do? She sheathes his sword (which is a metaphor for femininity or woman as receptacle) and breaks his heart both literally and figuratively. In vol.1 her weapon was the sword (the penis) but by vol 2 she retreats from such falseness and accepts herself as sheath (the vagina). What was once a weakness to her (being a woman/receptacle, wanting to change into a warrior) becomes her true strength (her motherhood was the catalyst for the conflict but becomes her raison d’etre).”
KEVIN-NIDUAZA (commenter on Shadow and Act)
Check out his full post about race and women in Tarantino movies. Pretty interesting stuff.
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