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He claims to vehemently hate the filth of the city, yet chooses to spend all of his time driving a taxi in the seediest parts of it, interacting with prostitutes and drug dealers. When he begins exercising frequently towards the middle of the movie, he says in voiceover that he wants to only be healthy and help his body, but we continually see him popping pills and drinking beer. Even though he wants to protect Betsy's purity, he takes her to a porno for their second date. It appears that, when Travis wants or believes something in his mind, his unconscious consistently chooses the opposite.
Travis's conflict between his desire and the actions he takes plays a major role in his transformation into a justice-seeking vigilante as well. He watches an interview with Palantine intently on his television, seeming to respond to the politician's call to arms, but he later attempts to assassinate him. He saves Iris from the violence of sexual slavery, by subjecting her to a bloodbath of gun violence that leaves her sobbing inconsolably.
Travis's actions are incredibly violent, and mirror the actions of the criminals that he so despises. In the end, Travis becomes a poster child for the very corruption that he hopes to combat.
Travis is an incredibly world-weary and corruptible individual, having served as a marine in Vietnam and now barely scraping by as a New York City cabbie. As a result, he is obsessed with innocence, which is why he attaches so firmly to the figure of Betsy. Based on looks alone, Betsy seems to Travis to represent everything that he does not have access to, and to hold the key to his salvation.
If he is able to possess Betsy, Travis believes, he will be able to find the softness and the innocence that will deliver him from the grit of the city. Additionally, Iris is another symbol of purity for Travis, even if hers is disgracefully compromised by her status as a child prostitute. The primary motivating force behind all of Travis's obsessions is his desire to protect and restore purity to the beautiful woman he encounters. Travis wants so badly to restore Iris's lost innocence, that he is willing to die for it.
Much like the soldier sacrifices his life in order to retain and reinstate the honor of his nation, Travis seeks to play out this dynamic with Iris. Prostitutes abound in the New York of Taxi Driver, and seem to represent the widespread corruption of the entire city.
While Travis would like to think that the world holds precious certain ideals, prostitutes remind Travis that in New York, everything has a price, and nothing is sacred. Prostitution serves as a perfect target for Travis' hatred of the forces that, he believes, conspire to to steal and corrupt women.
While Travis does not quite know how to treat a woman respectfully, he remains confident that he is not nearly as evil as the pimps that exploit young girls for a quick paycheck. Palantine, the presidential candidate, plays an important role in the film. Cleaning the Cab. Sport and Iris. Additional Interpretation: Theme from Taxi Driver.
Additional Interpretation: Betsy in a White Dress. Taxi Driver. Main Title Bernard Herrmann.
Thank God for the Rain Bernard Herrmann. Cleaning the Cab Bernard Herrmann.
Sport and Iris Bernard Herrmann. Bernard Herrmann feat: Alternate Ending. The Taxi Driver.