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The Other is a theme motif or figure which seems to appear over and over in the movie It could be nature women other races other cultures homosexuals criminals rulers Gods monsters etc In the film the protagonist becomes just like The Other in order to resolve the problem Usually The Other is killed by the protagonist at the end of the movie The Other is always the victim in the movie it is a scapegoat it is the focus of the resolution of the problems In Taxi Driver The Other according to me is two elements women an criminals gangsters In the beginning of the film the protagonist Travis Bickle falls in love with a woman who works for Palantine as a volunteer After going out with each other for a couple of times the woman decides not to see Travis again Travis says that shes just like the others meaning just like all the other women In order to take revenge he tries to assassinate Palantine in front of her The other also appears as gangsters in the movie Travis in order to eliminate them becomes a criminal just like them Therefor in Taxi Driverwe see two good examples of The Other In Taxi Driver we see that Travis Bickle still has an identity forming problem or I might say that he has unconsciously formed an identity during his childhood but hes trying to find it It was his curiosity about his identity that was giving him problems to sleep Basically his identity should be formed based on his fathers identity but nothing is obvious Whoever his Travis model was planted the confidence in Travis to form his identity For example if our parents dont tell us in early our childhood about a certain quality that we have we might have an identity crisis in our adult lives In this film we have a good example of identity and rivalry After Travis based
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