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Contradiction In The Film Taxi Driver

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“He's a prophet... he’s a prophet and a pusher, partly truth, partly fiction. A walking contradiction.” (Taxi Driver) We are all encapsulated in our own self-concept. It can make it impossible for us to understand how our actions are doing more damage than good. As human beings, if we cannot find the source of our turmoil we are doomed for our anguish to be projected externally as strokes of violence. In the film Taxi Driver, Travis is not doing enough to fix his problems. He is constantly putting himself into situations that confirm his negative view on the world, trying to find purpose in relationships that he sabotages and tries to find purpose through death.
Taxi Driver is a 1976 film directed by Martin Scorcese and written by Paul Schrader. It won the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. (Wikipedia) Travis Bickle is a 26-year old honorably discharged Marine, dealing with inter-city solitude in 1970s New York. He takes up a taxi job to cope with his insomnia, driving passengers all over the city. He spends his spare time at porn theatres and writing in his diary. Travis becomes infatuated with Betsy, a campaign volunteer for candidate Charles Palatine. Their relationship turns sour when he takes Betsy to a porn movie. He tries to persuade a child prostitute, Iris, to desert her lifestyle but fails. “As Travis grows increasingly more paranoid of his situations, he begins to see these relationships he develops as 'missions' of which he will need to be the saviour”
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