The “Taxi Driver” Starring Robert Di Niro, Directed By

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The “Taxi Driver” starring Robert Di Niro, directed by Martin Scorsese, remains to be a classic film that continues to be recognized as a cinematographic masterpiece. This psychological thriller released in 1976, highlights Travis Binkle’s life as a taxi driver in New York City. Scorsese brilliantly captures his struggle with his own thoughts and effort to reintegrate into society as an ex-US. Marine. However, Travis is known to be a complex character that is somewhat misunderstood by others because of his obscure thoughts and fragile psychological state, which worsens throughout the movie. Therefore, this essay will focus on a psychological analysis of Travis’ personality with the help of the Big Five Personality Factor Model along with…show more content…
However, he still decides to converse with others, in order to create a personal relationship, like with Betsy or Iris. These are the only two relationships the audience view in the movie. He always decides to be left alone in his taxi and this striking quote certainly demonstrates how being alone affects him, “Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There 's no escape. I 'm God 's lonely man” (Phillips & Scorsese,). Travis would not necessarily be considered the most agreeable person since he does struggle with fitting into society. It might seem that he does not agree with the views of others, nor put the needs of others first (Deacon, p.78, 2013). People with low agreeableness, “… are less friendly, do not trust so easily and are less responsive to other people’s distress” (Deacon, p.79, 2013). He is lonely, perhaps making him seem to be less friendly, but also he never trusts anyone since he barely has any relationships. However, he does want to be in a relationship with Betsy and is willing to help Iris, thus this proves that he does not only care for himself (Deacon, p.78, 2013). Therefore, these two plot elements can demonstrate that his score of agreeableness is in the low to middle of the spectrum for the Big Five Personality Traits. According to a research article, “Neuroticism is characterized by proneness to anxiety, emotional instability, and
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