The movie Titanic is relevant to the course in the sense that it relates to pop culture. As an iconic film, it has been described in the manner in which it relates to pop culture that is inherently a key defining feature of the contemporary lifestyle. It is relevant to the course material because it involves the exploration of a sheer tragedy that involves a significant loss of life. Furthermore, the realization that it happened on the largest ship makes it excellent as a medium for pop culture through popular imagination. It is thus relevant to examine the movie in the context how it is presented and the cultural themes that remain significant decades after the Titanic ship sank.
Summary of the Film’s Contents
The story is presented in a manner that embodies a character’s point of view because it primarily involves Rose narrating her experience with Jack when they met on the cruise ship. The primary intention of the filmmaker in creating the film is that it is intended to act as a way of communicating how tragedy can occur in the rarest instances. The objective was fulfilled because, throughout the film, a series of events involving the main characters Jack and Rose create the impression of a tragedy whether they survived the horror sinking of the ship but Jack could not make it to the end. The manner in which the movie is presented does not affect the content in any way because it involves narrating a story that is founded on a real-life storyline and presenting it in as real as possible format. It is also clear that specific scenes could be identified to have stood out well in the development of the story. The most significant was the occasion when Jack and Rose were being separated when Rose was told to get to the boat are to be ridden away while Jack was told to remain in the sinking Titanic. Another scene that stood out was the depiction of the ultimate bond that existed between the two so that the Rose went toward to the lower compartment where Jack had been locked to help him out instead of ensuring she was safe. The substantive points that are illustrated, therefore, relate to the theme of affection and endurance as Rose managed to tolerate to the end. Nevertheless, there was not many secondary points and unintentional results of the movie because it enables the viewer to understand the primary theme that the director intended.
How Popular Cultures Were Constructed
The theme cultures are constructed appropriately in the movie through various illustrations. One of the primary issues that are depicted is that of love that is evident between the two protagonists in the film. They even engage in sexual intercourse at one time to illustrate that they had bonded in every facet and that they could as well get intimate. The friendship factor is also demonstrated because it is the primary foundation for the love that is depicted in the movie. The protagonists redefine the definition of friendship because they play around the ship, they get in trouble together and even help each other when they are in trouble. It is also clear that the element of fashion stands out in the movie because there is characteristic because they were primarily all about femininity and grace. The women are seen in full clothes that make them appear to be fascinating as illustrated by the scene of the first class passengers on the ship.
The movie compares to the cultural and sociological concepts that have been covered in class on various segments. The primary model is the aspect of gender and sexuality that is founded on the principle of gender differences and inequalities in the social context (Wiesner-Hanks, 2015). The differentiation becomes relevant when the Titanic was on the verge of sinking, and only women and children were selected to board the boats to safety because of their gender. The second theory is that of the functionalist approach that is founded on the principle of social use of a symbol that tends to generate solidarity in individuals (Woodcock, 1982). Several symbols are evident in the movie with the primary being the theme of the bond of love as one factor that is hard to ignore. The manner in which the film is covered is that it focuses on the affectionate relationship between Rose and Jack as one of the symbols to illustrate endurance. The third element used to describe the movie theoretically is the critical approach that is founded on the ability to reflect on the cultural power of the mass media. The Titanic film is designed in a way that there is a top-down model of culture so that the influential in the society such as Caledon Hockley thought that he could get Rose without the need to win her heart first. The last model in the movie is the theory of high versus the pop culture that is founded on the principle of highbrow that if consumed by the high-class members such as Caledon who was among the elite members who even had a gun on board (Jones, 2014). However, the low brow members in the movie referred to the working class members who included the characters who were most vulnerable and included the first class waiter whose role was to serve those on board.
It follows that by following the trend that it depicted, love is the foundation of the Titanic because, despite the fact that many lives were lost based on the movie, all these only serve to illustrate the extent the bond between the protagonists lasted. The strongest subject that is described by the director of the film is the depth of unconditional love that can be created when two people who complemented each other meet. Rose and Jack had just met at the ship and within a short time had developed their love and experienced the highs and lows, eventually being separated by a catastrophe. The weakest issue in the Titanic movie based on the director’s exploration of the subject relates to the how Rose expected Jack to survive after taking his jacket. The Titanic had just hit an iceberg, and Jack was in the water. By taking Jack’s jacket, Rose was sure of killing Jack, and it is the weakest part of the movie because it is impossible to survive the cold waters. Overall, the movie Titanic is a classic that deserves the rating for being among the best movies of all time from the apprehension that there is completeness in the thematic coverage.
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