Explain how the dramatic meaning of Titanic contributed to the enjoyment of the audience.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that dramatic elements in the film helped to bring out much in way of enjoyment in the audience.  The historical disaster and sad loss of life cannot be denied and this is something that Cameron acknowledges.  Yet, where he is able to maximize audience enjoyment is in the idea that this level of human pain and suffering is seen from Rose's point of view.  Underlying the voyage and what will come as a result of it is how Rose will end up breaking through stifling social conventions.  The drama that is present in Jack's toast to "Making it count," is something that is present throughout the film.  The dramatic elements present in both her affair with Jack, rejection of her mother's wishes and her fiancee's ways, as well as fighting to get off the sinking vessel all feed into the drama of her whistling in the night after pushing the dead body of Jack off of the raft from a cabin door.  There is a dramatic element in her survival, something that enables the audience to somehow view that as a type of "trade off" for the thousands of souls who did not wind up as fortunate. It is a real innovative stroke by Cameron who is able to channel the audience's hopes and aspirations through Rose's  dramatic narrative on a personal level in almost mitigation, or at least muted acceptance, of the historical disaster aboard the boat. In displaying the drama of Rose's personal challenges, the larger issue becomes the drive for individuals to "making it count," as opposed to historically dwelling on the disaster at sea.  Cameron even writes this into the minor characters, such as Brock Lovett confessing at the end after hearing Rose's narrative, "I never got it," indicating that her story has actually supplanted the historical one.  In this, the audience's appreciation and enjoyment of the dramatic elements are present in a demonstrative fashion.


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