Travis Bickle

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  • Hero's Journey In Pulp Fiction

    in the process of leaving behind. Instead of murdering them, Jules shows them just how violent and dangerous the abyss is, most likely scaring them away from it in the process. Travis Bickle, the hero of Taxi Driver, is called to adventure by his chronic insomnia. It is what leads him to apply for a job as a night time taxi driver, which also happens to be the first threshold. The taxi job is what helps show Bickle the grimy, dark underbelly of the city, and applying and passing the test of the threshold guardian (the taxi office boss) is his first step into that world. While there is no explicit supernatural aid in the film, fellow driver Wizard could be interpreted as this, due to the magical nature of his name and how he acts as one of Travis’ few confidants. The final conflict comes when Travis attempts to save Iris by murdering her pimp, Sport. He has descended all the way into the abyss, and suffers a near death experience by getting shot. However, Scorcese creatively twists the stages that take place after the near death experience. Bickle is “transformed” in the eyes of the people. He is praised by Iris’ parents and the media and is awarded with a medal. In the end, Travis still holds his job as a taxi driver, and denies being hero. While he may be considered transformed by others, perhaps Bickle is the only one who knows he is still trapped in the abyss. In both of the examples, the protagonist or hero acquires a certain wisdom. Jules Winnfield realizes that he…

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  • My Team-Personal Narrative

    Today is the day that my team and I had been working on all season. It’s competition day. Now this year I feel we have a good chance. We have been practicing non-stop from the sun up to sundown; there was no such thing as downtime. We had an awesome dance routine and one of the best crowd-pleasers around. But to top it off we had a killer stunt at the end that was sure enough going to win us first place. “Alright, ladies. It is time for everyone to get up and get dressed.” My coach said as…

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  • Lower Onion Creek Flood Analysis

    Due to the flooding in Lower Onion Creek, Eric Rangel, 17, had to drop out of school due to the financial burden that flooding has imposed on his family. The Lower Onion Creek area flooded twice, once on October 31, 2013, and October 30, 2015. Many Lower Onion Creek residents are living in condemned homes five months after the latest flood. Eric Rangel said after the floods, the city condemned his home. His home was no longer inhabitable, and his family had to seek other shelter options.…

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  • Nancy Lou Webster: A Short Story

    Elgin history spotlight – Nancy Lou Webster This is the story of longtime Elgin resident/artist Nancy Lou Webster and her 1935 Straight 8 Buick Coupe with suicide doors named “Katie.” The story begins with Nancy Lou as a teen in Oxford, Mississippi. “Miss Kate Skipwith was a philanthropist who lived on Main Street in Oxford, Mississippi. She wanted a car so she ordered a new car to be shipped by rail to her. A 1935 Buick Series 40 Coupe. It arrived by rail in Oxford with five miles on the…

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  • Vertigo Themes

    also complements the night glamour of the New York City’s urban terrain. When we see Travis on his yellow cab passing through the various neighborhood of this fascinating city, the mellow echo of the saxophone just devours all the restless we have, and let us fall into the Travis’s world of loneliness. The second theme corresponds to the psychotic tendencies of Travis, with the unresolved, dissonant chord played by trumpets and drums. At various scenes in the movie, the uncanny sound strikes the…

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