Titanic was a huge success when it was first released, catapulting Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet into the spotlight through their amazing performances.
The film went on to be nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Of course though, like with so many films and TV shows, fan theories emerge. Whilst Titanic came out almost ten years ago, new theories are appearing more often than you’d think and the most recent one is both believable, heart-breaking and mind blowing all at the same time.
It suggests that Jack was actually a figment of Rose’s imagination. Some people who have looked closely at the film have come to the conclusion that Rose was not in a good mental state.
Her once wealthy family had fallen on hard times, she was engaged to a rich man who she didn’t really like and who wasn’t a very nice person and the relationship seemed to be completely against her will.
Rose first met Jack when she was close to throwing herself off of the boat, having become fed up with her life – it’s at this point that the theory suggests that she imagined his presence, as if he was some sort of saviour in her life.
Later on in the film, Jack took Rose to the ‘poorer’ deck of the ship, where he got her to let out her wild side – after several pints of Guinness – and they go on to have a private moment in a car.
He was showing her how the other half live, that you don’t need to have money to enjoy yourself and that’s it’s not the most important thing in life.
It’s after they become close that the ship hit the iceberg and began to sink. They both ended up in the freezing Atlantic ocean and whilst Rose clung to a piece of the wreckage, there wasn’t enough room for Jack.
The theory suggests that by this point in time, the figure in Rose’s imagination is no longer needed. She had already gained the courage to stand up against her family and fiancé. Jack’s work is done and thus he sinks into the ocean to his death.
There are a few issues with the theory in that if Jack was just a figment in Rose’s imagination, how did the rest of the characters interact with him? And who painted the picture of her? But those could be put down to the fact that the story was from Rose’s view point and she just imagined him interacting with her family and friends and that someone else did the picture.
Of course, it’s just a theory, but quite an interesting one as well – it certainly makes you see the film in a whole new light.