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"The Titanic" by David R. Slavitt

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Expository Writing II Project on "The Titanic"

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"The Titanic" by David R. Slavitt

  1. 1. the titanic written by: David R. Slavittpresentation by: Joo Eun Tae<br />
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  3. 3. the titanic<br />Who does not love the Titanic? <br />If they sold passage tomorrow for that same crossing, <br />who would not buy?<br />To go down… We all go down, mostly<br />alone. But with crowds of people, friends, servants,<br />well fed, with music, with lights! Ah!<br />And the world, shocked, mourns, as it ought to do<br />and almost never does. There will be the books and movies<br />to remind our grandchildren who we were<br />and how we died, and give them a good cry.<br />Not so bad, after all. The cold<br />water is anesthetic and very quick.<br />The cries on all sides must be a comfort.<br />We all go: only a few, first class.<br />
  4. 4. background information<br />The Titanic was the largest luxury liner that sailed/sank in the Atlantic Ocean.<br />Originally constructed to be ‘unsinkable’.<br />Almost collided with a smaller vessel, the New York.<br />Struck an iceberg, damaging 6 of its 16 watertight compartments, leading to the intake of water into the ship.<br />Both the famous and unknown died; with a total of 2228 people on board, 1523 died, leaving 705 survivors to tell the tale.<br />
  5. 5. theme<br />If death is inevitable, why should we die miserable?<br /> “To go down… We all go down, mostly<br /> alone. But with crowds of people, friends, servants,<br /> well fed, with music, with lights! Ah!”<br />Slavitt reveals that in the end, we will all end up on the same ship,<br />for death will always find its way to us. <br />
  6. 6. specific language<br />From specific word choice, “The Titanic” becomes a satirical poem of pure irony. <br />Slavitt satirizes the vanity of those who choose to prize glamour and seek attention, even when we all have to die.<br />“We all go down…”<br />But if given the option to go down accompanied by servants, lights, and music, and then be a part of history in the famous 1912 sinking of the Titanic, Slavitt asserts that we’d all jump on. <br />What a great way to go!<br />
  7. 7. “Not so bad, after all. The cold<br /> water is anesthetic and very quick.<br /> The cries on all sides must be a comfort.”<br />It may be better to quickly die by the numbness of the anesthetic temperature of the water than to suffer from natural causes and/or the danger of society.<br />At least you won’t be alone…<br />You’ll be comforted by the deafening cries of the people all around you!<br />
  8. 8. importance of inclusion<br />Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” & David R. Slavitt’sTitanic = <br />Clearly relays the message of death to the audience, allowing us to understand that life will always end the same, no matter how fabulous the beginning may be.<br />“So much for endings. Beginnings are always more fun.” <br />
  9. 9. works cited<br />Atwood, Margaret. “Happy Endings.” Readings for Writers. ‘Comp’. A. David Lewis. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. Print.<br />Slavitt, David R. N. p., n.d. Web. <http://silvertitanic.tripod.com/>.<br />“Titanic Facts.” N. p., 2005. Web. <http://www.titanic-facts.com/>.<br />

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