Travis is defined by isolation. As he puts it, he's " God's lonely man ." So he's talking himself through a violent narrative that he's created in his own mind, which only reveals his weird, pathetic nature. That's according to the writer of the film , Paul Schrader. He notes that the script called for Travis to play like a cowboy and talk to himself in the mirror. It's not cool; it's a stunted man-child trying to act cool. So the people using this line to pretend to be tough guys are ... no wait, they're doing it right. This one's accurate.
From The Drowned World ’s early meditations on ecology, to the provocative prosthetics of Crash , through to the psychopathologies at work (or rather play) in Cocaine Nights , Super-Cannes and Kingdom Come , the writings of . Ballard are in constant dialogue with the discourses of science and technology. As a result, his novels and short stories function as vast indexes of scientific innovation and enquiry, immersing the reader in the complex yet often beautiful languages of biology, chemistry, zoology, medicine, botany, neuroscience, bioethics, anatomy, biotechnology and psychology, to name just a few.
In truth, all through the haunted forest, there could be nothing more frightful than the figure of Goodman Brown. On he flew, among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter, as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him. The fiend in his own shape is less hideous, than when he rages in the breast of man. Thus sped the demoniac on his course, until, quivering among the trees, he saw a red light before him, as when the felled trunks and branches of a clearing have been set on fire, and throw up their lurid blaze against the sky, at the hour of midnight. He paused, in a lull of the tempest that had driven him onward, and heard the swell of what seemed a hymn, rolling solemnly from a distance, with the weight of many voices. He knew the tune; it was a familiar one in the choir of the village meeting-house. The verse died heavily away, and was lengthened by a chorus, not of human voices, but of all the sounds of the benighted wilderness, pealing in awful harmony together. Goodman Brown cried out; and his cry was lost to his own ear, by its unison with the cry of the desert.