“Come back, come back.” Those are words that many people will remember after watching one of history’s most iconic movies, Titanic. The scene of which Jack dies ended up being one of the most emotionally powerful death scenes ever portrayed in a movie. Now, there are multiple reasons for this such as the sheer emotion shown by Rose, and the importance of the event in which it happened due to. 

Death in Titanic isn’t something surprising. Left and right, people are losing their lives one way or another whether it be due to the temperature, falling or blunt force trauma from collapse. But, the death of Jack wasn’t portrayed as ‘just another’ death in the film or in the Titanic event; it was portrayed as a climax in the movie and an important signification of the end for the movie. His death was not portrayed as viciously as others, such as the one shown jumping from the rear of the ship and colliding with the propellers. His death was portrayed as more of a slow, almost painless death. I feel that the directors did an excellent job distinguishing between the different types of deaths. Showing so many during the sinking scene and demonstrating all the different ways people lost their lives that night helped people grasp the emotional intensity of Jack’s death versus the physicality of it. 

Titanic was portrayed as a massive, once in a blue moon event in the media upon its occurrence. The media though, instead of focusing on certain people dying headlines read more along the lines of “Thousands pass away on Titanic sinking”. This is similar in many mass death events. Not one or multiple people are focused on and mourned over but more so mourned over in a group as if making it less meaningful. I personally feel that the media normally does a decent job at portraying death. Now, as many know, the media doesn’t portray death of normal everyday people, but usually only important people. Michael Jackson’s tragic death is one that comes to mind. Although Jackson went through years of trials and tribulations, after he died, the media did a pretty good job at excluding talk over these allegations and focused more on a celebration of the mans life. This, however, was not the case with Titanic as the media focused just on the sinking and the amount of deaths rather than the importance of them. 

I feel this movie does a good job at demonstrating how America currently deals with death even though this event happened more than a century ago. It seems that when death occurs, the amount matters very much on how the American public handles it. If one person dies, a family mourns; if a celebrity dies, fans mourn; but if a hundred people die in a plane accident, people call for reasons and reach a generalization on the loss of life in that particular event. 



7 thoughts on “Titanic

  1. The portrayal of different types of deaths is definitely shown in Titanic. I completely agree with you that Jack’s death was slow and more painful to watch than the rest of the deaths shown in the film. This is because we grew to love Jack, and we simply did not know or care about the other passengers jumping to their deaths. In addition, I agree with your comment about how the media portrays mass deaths. Instead of seeing the people as individuals, we see them as just another number in the death count. Titanic did a great job at showing that difference in portrayals. Sometimes it seems like the media cares more about the story than the actual people involved. As a culture, we may not fully grasp the tragedy at hand because we do not know the people involved. One instance where this was not the case was the 9/11 attacks. Almost every news story and article told the story of several individuals lost during those attacks. This created a great sense of sorrow for the nation.

  2. I think you did an excellent job analyzing death and dying in the Titanic. I never really noticed the impact the directors were trying to express in the terms of the different types of death.I only focused of the importance of the emotional impact of Jack’s death and the power of love. It is amazing to think that the portrayal of death is actually so dynamic in this movie, because the way someone dies certainly does affect how people interpret the meaning of death.I also noticed due to your explanation of how the directors used different types of death, that those different deaths showed how people knew the end was near but the movie focused on how the people did not want to accept death happening to them. Usually, in the everyday world we accept that death is going to happen to us but have trouble accepting the death of others.

  3. Titanic was a great movie to emphasize your point of displaying different types of death and different ways people die. I really like your analysis of this because it is very true that we, as Americans, put death in the media usually when a mass death has occurred rather than celebrating the lives of ordinary people. I also really liked how you began your post with the famous line from the movie while Rose begged for Jack not to leave her, both emotionally and physically. It really put me back into the reality of the movie and helped me understand your analysis better.

  4. I very much agree with your point about the Media celebrating people after their death, even when they had a troubled life. In fact, I echoed that same sentiment in my blog, using the example of Joe Paterno. I think the reason for that is, most of the time, people want to respect the memory of those who have passed away. Whether one had a trouble life or not, people feel like it’s insulting to criticize someone after he/she has died. Thus the media always try to be respectful of the dead.
    But I also think that the media sometimes focuses too much on the death of famous people, as opposed to unknown, yet extraordinary people. For instance, how many times do we see stories about the lives of the soldiers that have died protecting this country? Maybe the media adjust itself according to our interests. Nevertheless, too many times does the media make it seems like the death of one person, however famous he/she was, is a greater deal than the death of thousands of people.

  5. I have to agree with everything that you said in the blog that death is shown in different ways in the titanic. I also wrote about titanic in my blog but I didn’t ever think about the people in titanic dying in all these different ways like you said. You did a really good job catching that! This is one of my favorite movies and I also have to agree with you that the directors did do a fantastic job on this movie. The way the directors put the emotional intensity and also all the physical and emotional scenes of how all the people are dying do a great job as well. I also have to that America does still deal with death in this kind of situation today even though it feels like Titanic happened long time ago. We all come from somewhere that something like that titanic took place for instance 9/11, and the deaths of all the people are still remember today. Overall, I really liked your blog. I think you did an awesome job by starting it off with a quote from the scene!

  6. Re-watching this scene makes me realize just how many deaths occur in such a short span of time, and like you said the directors of the film really go above and beyond to demonstrate the variety of ways someone could have died in this terrible accident. However, what I thought was most significant, was how each person handled himself in the sinking of the boat. We see all the men let the women and children on first, which is a gentlemanly characteristic that I believe is lost on the young men of today. I also found very moving the scene where the band decides to play their last song amongst all the mayhem. Also, l think the media only spoke about the tragic event as a whole because they didn’t know the stories of the individual people. I think if it had happened today heroes and survivors would be all over TV and on interview shows with Oprah and Ellen. Lastly, the scene with Jack and Rose is one of Hollywood’s most famous scenes as Jack dies to keep the love of his life out of the freezing water without a single regret. Instead of giving up in the end when her voice fails she swims in the water to be rescued.

  7. I enjoyed reading your analysis of Titanic and thought that your contrast of Jack’s death to the masses of other people on the ship was interesting. I’m glad that you brought up death in the media and portrayal of accidents and morning and I wanted to expand on that. I believe that American culture is one that does deny death and we had discussed in class that morning and grief are generally done in private. When one does grieve in a public place it becomes strange and awkward, which is unfortunate. However, in tragic accidents like the crash you describe, it is one of the few times that death brings us together as a culture. After big accidents or natural disasters there is morning in public, and tributes are paid for those who lost their life. I think that while events like these are tragic in nature, they do allow us to grow socially and raise our awareness and acceptance of death as a culture.

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