The Titanic

One movie that comes to mind once the topic of death is brought up is “The Titanic” . One of the most memorable movies of the 20th Century comes to climax once the main character played by Leonardo Dicaprio releases his hand from a wooden board that can only support one person in order to protect the women he loves. This brings about the idea that death is a inevitability within our society, he had no option but to let go if he wanted the safety of his lover. While it is a valiant effort it creates this falsity that all situations in which a death occurs will be this grandiose matter which occurs in surreal surroundings.

Many times within this world people are removed without a moment to rejoice, remember, or greet those that they loved. Be it a sudden accident or an unexpected catastrophe many deaths occur in an immediate manner rather than the slow and romantic death portrayed within “The Titanic”. Regardless of its rather narrow view of death, there is one major point that it brings out which is universal to most human society, grievance. Even 80 years after the whole situation unfolded the women who was once in love remembers the whole event and explains it in story form to young children. This shows the strong impact that occurs once a loved one is lost, it is something that transcends time indefinitely. Ironically as Leonardo Dicaprio releases his grip from the wooden board that is keeping him alive he utters the words “Never let go” prior to his slow and chilling loss of grip that floats him to the depths of the ocean.  Even After an excessive amount of time letting go is not something that ever occurred in the mind of the women who truly loved him, and that is a pivotal demonstration of the effect death has upon humanity.

 

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2 thoughts on “The Titanic

  1. One of the first interactions I had with death was through watching “The Titanic.” In this film, two lovers are on board a ship destined to sink. When the ship eventually crashes into an iceberg and submerges, the leading male character is forced to render his life for the woman he loves. Agreeing with blog author, Adam Shasha, I believe the media’s portrayal of death in this movie was sensationalized. In our everyday lives, most people experience a simple, quiet death. However, movies have to be overdramatic to a certain extent in order to convey the powerful sadness and finality associated with death. Many children do not understand how to deal with death due to lack of exposure and I believe movies such as “The Titanic” help children understand the fundamental concepts of death. In addition “The Titanic” was successful is because it provides a diverse and universal portrayal of death. For example, decades later after the catastrophic death of her lover, the main female character still grieved for him as she orates that tragic day to a group of children. The death of a member of a human society has a profound impact on humanity, especially on those who knew them.

  2. Drowning is a death feared by so many people. A couple thousand people died horrible deaths in that wreck…poor, rich, women, children, fathers, old, young etc. The movie is slightly misleading because it was such huge loss of life and the movie sweeps over that rather casually, focusing on primarily one couple. The Titanic is more a love story than a death story!
    The movie, however, does a good job capturing the emotions that might be experienced in the case of a love lost; one of lifelong heartache that an 80 year old woman never forgets. This could be the case of any mother and child or husband and wife or even close friends. I lost my mother more than 40 years ago and the setting remains memorably vivid -just as it happened yesterday. It is an intense hurt that never leaves and always rests in a part of your mind. I guess the point of the old lady re-telling “her” story is that death is individual, permanent, sometimes shockingly devastating, and worst of all it is irreversible.

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