Titanic

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Titanic – Rose Dewitt Bukater Essay, Research Paper Rose DeWitt Bukater The sinking of Titanic is one of the most famous of tragedies in our history. Everyone knows that the unsinkable ship found its home at the bottom of the ocean before it even reached its first destination. Many films have been made in an attempt to recreate the events of that fateful night on April 15, 1912 but none have been as realistic as the version of Titanic directed by James Cameron. When we think of Titanic, we remember the horrific number of deaths that occurred. A huge contributor to the number of deaths was the number of lifeboats. There were only enough lifeboats for approximately half of the people on the Titanic. Amongst the victims on the Titanic were millionaires, immigrants, honeymoon

couples, and of course the crew. (Wells44) Many of the characters in Titanic were based on actual passengers who perished with the boat and even some who were lucky enough to survive. Molly Brown, portrayed by Kathy Bates, was one of the first-class passengers that survived. Some others are Madeline and John Jacob Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, J. Bruce Ismay, Captain E. J. Smith, and Wallace Hartley. J. Bruce Ismay is believed to have ordered Captain Smith to rev up the engines in order to arrive in NY early to create more publicity. Wallace Harltey was the violinist who, both in the film and in real life, played for his audience until the bitter end. (Wells 44-54) The focus of Titanic was a fictional love story. It was a touching tale of how two people from opposite ends of the

spectrum find their way to each other despite all odds, and manage to fall in love. These fictional characters are Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson. Bukater was a Philadelphia blueblood on her way home to America while Dawson was a third-class passenger who was lucky enough to have won his ticket back to America in a card game just minutes before the ship set sail. In a short amount of time, these two lovers experienced more joy and sadness than most people do in their entire lives. Bukater was a strong willed young woman. She was unlike all the other wealthy people of her time. She is forced by her mother to become engaged to Cal Hockley, heir to a large fortune, in order to maintain their place in society. Bukater?s family was wealthy at one time but lost all their riches

with the death of Bukater?s father. Money and all of the things that come along with it did not impress her. In the beginning of Titanic, Bukater reveals her feelings about the ship and the unhappy situation in which she has found herself. Bukater says, ? To most it was the ship of dreams, to me it was a slave ship taking me back to America in chains.? The best example of how discontent she was with the high society life comes straight out of the movie: I saw my whole life as if I?d already lived it . . . and endless parade of parties and cotillions, yachts and polo matches . . . always the same narrow people, the same mindless chatter. I felt like I was standing at a great precipice, with no one to pull me back, no one who cared . . . or even noticed. Rose DeWitt Bukater

Throughout the entire movie there are examples of how Bukater defies the stereotype of a young woman in her time. Step by step her defiance grows greater. It was uncommon and not well accepted for a woman to smoke in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bukater did not care that it was unaccepted, while sitting at the dinner table with her mother, fianc?e, and other members of the first class, Bukater lit up a cigarette. Her mother says, ?Rose, you know I don?t like that.? Bukater responds by blowing the smoke that she had just inhaled right into her mother?s face. It was also not accepted for a woman to voice her opinion on any matter in front of a man. Bukater manages to defy this stereotype by mocking Mr. Ismay, chairman of the company that owned Titanic and also