The film Midnight Cowboy has many symbols and representations and the interpretations of them. The symbols and representations in the film are obvious and also unseen. Some of the obvious symbols have concrete interpretations and some symbols have many thoughts on what it represents or means. The name of the film, itself, is a symbol or has a deeper meaning. Midnight Cowboy, a midnight cowboy is a cowboy at that comes out at night and in New York cowboys of the night are hustlers, which is a symbol the wannabe life of the lead character. Through these symbols this film, Midnight Cowboy, is a good movie.
Joe Buck, an aspiring male prostitute from Texas, heads to Manhattan where he hopes to find plenty of wealthy women willing to pay for the services of a handsome man. When he arrives, the naive country boy befriends Ratso Rizzo, a tubercular homeless con artist who dreams of moving to Florida. As they go about trying to get the money Ratso needs, the two men confront the seediness, corruption, and cruelty that flourish in the big city.
The first of many obvious symbols is the bus. The bus symbolizes the escape, the getaway, or the new beginning. This is presented when Joe Buck leaves Texas on a bus to get to New York. Joe went to New York to be a hustler. The dictionary meaning of hustler is one who jostles or shoves roughly. This is the opposite of Joe; Joe as a child jostled with loneliness and not having any “real” parental figures. This hustler term could be representative of the “rape” scene. Joe and his girlfriend, “Crazy Anne”, were raped by some of the town’s boys. Joe was jostled and is shoved roughly in the situation in his life.
Another symbol is the flashbacks. Joe wanted to leave his past behind him but it kept popping up in the flashbacks. The flashbacks symbolizes just because you leave your situations you can’t forget your past. The individual flashbacks are symbols. Such as, the...