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In my mind, one of the world wide implications of the sinking of The Titanic reflected the validation modernist frame of reference. At the time, such a connection was not made, but there is much in the sinking that speaks of the Modernist condition that was being felt all over the world and articulated by its writers. Consider the fact that the wealthy and the powerful boarded the boat and then had to flee in the middle of night, or flail in the water, waiting for hope, waiting for absolution. This is a very modernist idea in that all individuals end up being devoid of hope and stripped from the pomp and circumstance of consciousness, a rather hollow condition results. Additionally, I think that the idea of being able to actually reflect weakness when strength or invincibility is advertised is another worldwide reality that was articulated through the sinking of The Titanic. Finally, I think that idea of the band playing music during the calamity helped to create a worldwide metaphor that could be easily understood in articulating conditions of inertia and lack of acceptable response to change. When Randy Shilts writes about the American government lack of authority in dealing with the crisis of AIDS, presuming that it needed to do nothing because the disease was seen as a “gay disease,” he takes the title of “And the Band Played On,” to reflect how poor and pathetic a response the American Government had to the disease. This becomes another metaphor from the sinking that ends up holding worldwide implications.
Titanic, a British passenger ship, that was the largest ship afloat of its time, struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on the night of April 14, 1912 on its first voyage. This is one of the biggest sea disasters in which about 1500 persons died.
This accident led to international recognition of the dangers posed to ships by icebergs, and the establishment of an International Ice Patrol along the North Atlantic ship lanes in 1914. This patrol, which has been maintained through joint support of principal shipping nations of the world, reports position of icebergs and their probable courses. The actual patrolling is done by the United States Coast Guard.
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