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The Other is a theme motif or figure which seems to appear overand over in the movie It could be nature women other races othercultures homosexuals criminals rulers Gods monsters etc In the filmthe protagonist becomes just like The Other in order to resolve theproblem Usually The Other is killed by the protagonist at the end ofthe movie The Other is always the victim in the movie it is ascapegoat it is the focus of the resolution of the problems In TaxiDriver The Other according to me is two elements women an criminalsgangsters In the beginning of the film the protagonist Travis Bicklefalls in love with a woman who works for Palantine as a volunteer Aftergoing out with each other for a couple of times the woman decides not tosee Travis again Travis says that shes just like the others meaning justlike all the other women In order to take revenge he tries to assassinatePalantine in front of her The other also appears as gangsters in themovie Travis in order to eliminate them becomes a criminal just likethem Therefore in Taxi Driverwe see two good examples of The OtherIn Taxi Driver we see that Travis Bickle still has an identityforming problem or I might say that he has unconsciously formed anidentity during his childhood but hes trying to find it It was hiscuriosity about his identity that was giving him problems to sleepBasically his identity should be formed based on his fathers identitybut nothing is obvious Whoever his Travis model was planted theconfidence in Travis to form his identity For example if our parentsdont tell us in early our childhood about a certain quality that we havewe might have an identity crisis in our adult lives In this film we havea good example of identity and rivalry After Travis based his identityupon his model he started a competition with his model he tried to dosomething that his model wouldnt have done he went out there
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