Titanic Jack Dawson – Leonardo DiCaprio – A Character Study

The fictional character Jack Dawson was played by Leonardo DiCaprio, born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, around 1892. His parent died while he was still young, and Jack became a talented artist. One of his specialties was drawing nude portraits. Jack is one of the main characters in the Titanic movie.

Not wealthy enough to purchase tickets for the Titanic, Jack and his Italian friend Fabrizio are playing poker in a bar near where the Titanic is departing. The two win third-class tickets to the boat and dash to catch it. Once aboard, Jack has no difficulty exploring the first class section of the boat, where he meets wealthy Rose DeWitt Bukater played by Kate Winslett.

The two falls in love after Jack stops Rose from committing suicide. She attempts to kill herself because she is engaged to the wealthy son of a steel tycoon Caledon “Cal” Hockley (played by Billy Zane) whom she is not in love. The marriage is arranged by her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, who is obsessed with maintaining her wealthy and high-class status.

Later in the film, Jack sketches a nude portrait of Rose wearing the fabled Heart of the Ocean, an expensive necklace given to her by Cal. The two flee into the ship’s cargo hold, where they make love and witness the ship’s collision with the iceberg. When Cal learns about Rose and Jack after discovering the drawing, he has Jack arrested and taken to the Master-at-arms office and handcuffed to a pipe. During the sinking of the Titanic, Rose frees jack with an axe, and both struggle to the deck, where Cal and Jack persuade Rose to board a lifeboat. Cal ensures Rose that he has made arrangements for both men to get off of the ship safely.

Cal then double-crosses Jack and Rose reunites with him on the sinking Titanic. Cal chases the two into the flooding first-class dining room with a gun but returns to the deck after running out of bullets. Hockley then boards a lifeboat after pretending to care for an abandoned child.

After the Titanic sinks, Jack helps Rose onto a nearby wall panel that can support the weight of one person. Jack hangs onto the panel and ensures that Rose won’t die here but will die in her sleep as an old woman. Jack then dies from hypothermia. After telling her full story, she drops the Heart of the Ocean into the deep.

Asleep in her bed, she dreams of the life she said she’s had with Jack and the young Rose reunites with Jack at the Grand Staircase of the Titanic. The two are applauded by those who died on the ship. It isn’t known whether Rose is simply dreaming this or if she died. Director James Cameron says that this is up to the viewer to decide.

Jack Dawson Quotes

“That’s the one good thing about Paris: a lot of girls are willing to take their clothes off.”

“God! Look at that thing! You would’ve gone straight to the bottom”. (After Rose shows him her engagement ring).

“Rose, you’re no picnic, all right? You’re a spoiled little brat, but under that, you’re the most amazingly astounding, wonderful girl, a woman I’ve ever known… “

“No, let me try and get this out. You’re ama- I’m not an idiot. I know how the world works. I’ve got ten bucks in my pocket, I have no-nothing to offer you, and I know that. I understand. But I’m too involved now. You jump, I jump, remember? I can’t turn away without knowing you’ll be all right… That’s all I want.”

“I’m the king of the world!”

“We are the luckiest sons of bitches in the world, you know?”

“Listen, Rose. You’re gonna get out of here, you’re gonna go on and make lots of babies, and you’re gonna watch them grow. You’re going to die an old lady warm in her bed, but not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?”

“I don’t know about you, but I intend on writing a strongly worded letter to the White Star Line about all of this.”

Music to drown by? Now I know I’m in first class!

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