Jack could have been saved in Titanic and now there's mathematics to prove it
Kaushani Banerjee 12 November 2017, 6:31 PM
Our worst suspicions have been confirmed. Jack Dawson died for nothing Image: Twitter
It's been two decades, but we can't get over Jack Dawson (yes, that guy whose death in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean had us shedding buckets of tears). Several generations since the movie's release have wondered — did Jack really have to die? Did Rose have to let go of Jack's hand? It's one of those greatest tragedies of cinematc history that breaks our heart. And, now we have proof all that hearbreak was for nothing. Aargh!
Fans have wondered whether the door Rose floated on would have space for the two of them. Of course, Jack must have thought the door would sink with both them on it. But still, there seemed to be plenty of room on it (from a viewer's point). However, a group of Australian students have proven that it was totally doable. Jack indeed could have huddled in with Rose and waited till the rescue boats came for them.
An award-winning group of Westminster students — Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang and Julia Damato — weilded their calculators to solve these Titanic math problems. The group took a lot of factors into account: the weight of the door and the bodies, the effect of saltwater, the materials of the items at the time and their potential buoyancy. They concluded that it the two had put their life jackets to the underside of the door, both Rose and Jack could have floated to safety. Thus changing history forever.
The film's director James Cameron has a different take. During an interview with the Daily Beast, he said, "OK, so let’s really play that out: you’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. If you take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later — which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you five to ten minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died."
However, Kate Winslet too believes Jack could have lived. On Jimmy Kimmel's show she said, "I agree. I think he could have actually fit on that bit of door."
Fans have spent years trying to find out if the two lovers could have survived the shipwreck and now even math is on our side. But until someone makes a Titanic remake, rest in peace fictional Jack.
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