The character of Travis Bickle roams the nights in his taxi cab, and witnesses all of this "open sewer", loathing the people who live within it's realm. Travis is a complex character in his hate for the world in which he works. The streets on which he works are the same streets that he makes his living, and pays his rent, buys his booze, and eventually buys his guns. He is a victim of the world that he hates, because it is the only world he knows. This is viewed best in the scene where Travis takes Betsy to the "movies".
When Travis was in the café with Betsy earlier in the film, it would be hard to say that there was really anything to odd about it. But later on in the film, on Travis and Betsy's second date, things become clear that Travis has a different understanding of what is socially acceptable. Travis can't seem to understand why Betsy doesn't want to go see the pornographic movie that he has taken her to. He thinks that this is a place where couples go, and seems to think that it's a decent place to go on a date. There is something alluring about Travis's naivete, something comical, and maybe a little ironic. Travis isn't naïve to the world of drugs, sex, and smut; Travis is naïve to the world of decency, where the majority of society attempts to dwell.
As Travis's taxi drives down the road, the viewer gets the chance to view the streets... [continues]
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