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[. . .] On the other hand, Rose's fiance when she meets Jack, Caledon Nathan "Cal" Hockley, played by Billy Zane, is the antithesis of these characters and is depicted as being a coward -- as opposed to Jack and Rose's bravery for being themselves. He is unwilling to change his views and even goes as far as to think himself better than the people that really needed to be rescued by posing as a woman in an attempt to secure a spot on one of the lifeboats.

One of the most mesmerizing aspects of the film is its set design. In order to make the film as realistic as possible, Cameron consulted with White Star Line, the company that originally built the HMS Titanic (IMDB, n.d.). Costuming also plays a major role in helping the audience see how social classes were different and how individuals identified others based on what they were wearing. For example, Jack is frequently shown wearing distressed, common clothes that appear to be inexpensive. On the other hand, Rose's clothes appear to be expensive, clean, and hand tailored. Clothes are also used to demonstrate how concepts of class are superficial as Jack is able to (momentarily) pass as a person of a higher social class by donning a tuxedo and Rose is able to leave her high class life behind by adopting clothes more associated with someone of Jack's social class.

Cameron's narrative framing and film editing, costuming and set design, and characters allow him to create a realistic and cohesive story of star-crossed lovers who helped each other figure out who they truly were. Although many films have explored the events of the HMS Titanic and the story of star-crossed lovers separately, Cameron is able to combine the two seamlessly without detracting too much from the historical events that took place.


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Titanic. (1997). Directed by James Cameron. United States: Paramount Pictures/20th Century

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