“So this is the ship they say is unsinkable.” The RMS Titanic was, in fact, sinkable. Down with the ship now on the seabed of North Atlantic Ocean went the dreams of 1,503 passengers deprived of survival because of class discrimination. James Cameron narrated the 1912-based 1997 film titled Titanic following the romance of protagonists Rose DeWitt Bukater, a first-class passenger, and Jack Dawson, a third-class passenger. The film starkly exposed the differences between the classes of social stratification: first-class passengers of businessmen and politicians lived luxuriously with extravagant amenities, second-class passengers of tourists and clergymen lived simpler with lesser privilege than the former, while third-class passengers of immigrants and emigrants were given least provision and often suffered subtle oppression from the upper classes. RMS Titanic was referred to as “the ship of dreams” but unfortunately, with the ship’s passenger system built on a stratified structure, it wasn’t exactly dreamy for everyone. This review will highlight the differences of the passenger classes where the tragedy resulted to greater casualties from the lower classes because of oppression from the social structure and ship’s management. note:Smile – Siehst du es auch

In the beginning of the film, the Heart of the Ocean urged treasure hunter Brock Lovett to search the North Atlantic Ocean seabed for the wreckage of Titanic, the sunken ship that he believed housed the valuable blue diamond necklace. After retrieving only a drawing of a nude woman wearing the necklace alone, the discovery was publicized on television. Old Rose DeWitt Bukater, now named Rose Dawson Calvert, claimed that she was the woman in the sketch and fled to Lovett’s headquarters with her granddaughter Elizabeth. Rose proceeded to recount the events prior to and during the Titanic debacle: Rose boards the ship with her mother, Ruth, and fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Minutes before the ship’s departure, a youthful Jack Dawson and his friend win third-class tickets aboard Titanic on a game of poker. They rush to the ship and settle in. That night, due to Ruth’s incessant reminder that her marriage with Cal will resolve their family’s financial problems and retain their upper class status, Rose considers suicide by jumping off the ship but was saved by Jack Dawson. Rose and Jack soon develop a relationship founded on a spitting lesson, a secret party, and a nude drawing, despite Ruth and Cal’s disapproval. After Cal discovered his fiancé’s intimacy with a third-class passenger, he framed Jack of stealing the priceless Heart of the Ocean, which he gave Rose as a gift. By that time, the ship has already started sinking since an iceberg grazed its base. Water started to rise from the lower compartments to the upper rooms which drove the management to assist the passengers in boarding the lifeboats. Rose declines her mother and Cal’s offer to evacuate. The evacuation prioritized the first-class passengers due to the insufficient number of lifeboats; third-class passengers were locked in their level. Meanwhile, Rose saves Jack who was handcuffed to a pipe in the lower levels as punishment for his framed crime. They and the other passengers struggle to find a lifeboat and resort to waiting for the ship to completely sink. When the ship sank, Rose crawled over a piece of wood and Jack remained floating, with his body submerged in the freezing water. Soon, Jack dies of hypothermia and a lone lifeboat comes back to rescue survivors. Rose watches dead Jack sink and retrieves a whistle from another dead passenger. Rose was saved and changed her name to Rose Dawson. Old Rose reveals that the Heart of the Ocean is still in her possession but soon drops it to the ocean.note:Don’t Worry Darling

Patterned after Karl Marx’ ideology, the lower classes were oppressed and ultimately deprived of their right to survival. Jack Dawson, as a third-class passenger, was often verbally oppressed by Ruth and Cal because of his upbringing and status which may have also been highlighted by their disapproval of Jack’s romance with her daughter and his fiancé. Furthermore, by the climax of the film when passengers were evacuating, first-class passengers were prioritized and third-class passengers were harshly locked in the lower compartments. Possibly because of the sudden predicament, the ship’s authorities were unprepared to regulate the evacuation and were powerless to abide by the first-class passengers’ requests. Due to the biased arrangement, the tragedy resulted to the death of 1,503 passengers, 76% of which were third-class passengers.note:Im Westen nichts Neues

The 3-hour film is a heart-warming and thought-provoking experience. Rose and Jack, through their balancing romance, guide us steadily through a historical glimpse of bleak class struggles. The cinematography, visual effects, music, and acting make the film a package of a worthwhile viewing experience. Titanic, as a whole, is an evident representation of a stratified structure – hopefully, we, as wise viewers and responsible citizens, would be catalysts of a society where down like the ship goes the social stratification ideology and not the dreams of equal justice. note:Die Schule der magischen Tiere

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