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Titanic And It's Poetics Elements Essay

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“1,500 people went into the sea when Titanic sank from under us. There were twenty boats floating nearby and only one came back. Six were saved from the water, myself included. Six, out of 1,500.” The movie opens up with Brock Lovett, a treasure hunter, who is searching for a diamond known as The Heart of the Ocean. His team is on a ship in the Atlantic just above where the Titanic sank. They finally recover a safe that is believed to have the diamond inside. When they bring it aboard deck all that Lovett finds is a few papers and a sketchbook containing a nude portrait of a woman who is wearing the same necklace he is searching for. He puts the picture on the news channels to tell his ...view middle of the document...

The next scenes provide the audience with a front row seat to the horrific sinking of the Titanic. Many lives are lost and Cameron pulls at the right emotions as people are seen dying and losing loved ones as the ship goes under. Discovery is a significant part of the plot and Aristotle sums it up in a few words. “Discovery is a change from ignorance to knowledge, and it leads either to love or to hatred between persons destined for good or ill fortune” (Matthews, Platt, 2008, p. 96). The day after Jack rescued Rose from jumping off the ship; she looks through his sketchbook and finds out how good of an artist he is. She takes back all the bad things she said about him and begins to realize that he is much more than a poor boy from steerage. Rose is given this knowledge and it leads her falling in love with Jack.
Another part of a tragedy is the characters that cause the action to take place. Characters of a tragedy must possess four qualities that Aristotle brought to life. The qualities are goodness, an appropriate portrayal, a lifelike ability, and consistency. The character who I saw that possessed these characteristics the most was Jack Dawson. Even though he was just a boy from steerage, he never failed to use his manners and a sense of honesty towards the first class members of the ship. This is apparent in the scene where Jack is invited to a dinner in the first class dining hall. Rose’s mother continues to belittle him, but he never loses his “cool” and he portrays himself the whole time. He never tries to make himself seem more than he is, and his character remains someone whom many of Titanic’s audience can relate to.
The third element of tragedy is thought which is apparent when the characters are proving a point or stating their opinion. One scene that sticks out to me with a perfect sense of thought is the scene where Rose’s mother, Ruth, is tightening Rose’s corset and talking to her about treating Cal the proper way. She becomes very emotional and begins to speak out about a women’s place in the world. Her thought is very obvious and shows the audience exactly why she acts the way she does.
Diction, spectacle, and music are the remaining three elements of tragedy that are apart of Titanic. Diction is the speech that the characters use to express their feelings and communicate with others. The different classes on the ship speak in opposite dialects based on who they associate with. The people below deck use a more quick paced speech that is not always grammatically correct. Whereas the first class passengers talk with a proper and sophisticated tone that the people from steerage do not always understand.
Music is one of the most apparent elements of tragedy that is shown in Titanic. The soundtrack to the movie sums up in lyrics and chords, everything that the audience should take from the movie....

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