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In “Taxi Driver,” what are the existentialist themes

One of the most common elements in the works of existentialism is the theme of isolation and self-loathing. In "Taxi Driver" (1976), Travis Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro), a socially awkward and mentally unstable Vietnam veteran spends his sleepless nights driving a New York City cab. Bickle resembles the existential hero in that he cannot summon normal emotions about day-to-day events and is often extremely isolated; “loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s only man,” the antihero states.

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