100 Years Later Overview
To inform about one of the most iconic tragedies of all time, the sinking of the
From one of the biggest disasters in history to the blockbuster movie that is the
highest grossing film in history, the sinking of the Titanic remains one of the most
famous tragedies in history. I.
A. Morgan Robertson once wrote a book called The Wreck of the Titan. A book about what was believed to be an "unsinkable" ship called the Titan that set sail from England to New York. During its journey, the Titan hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank. Ironically, many lives were lost due to a shortage of lifeboats. What's the catch? The Wreck of the Titan was written 14 years before the titanic set out on its maiden voyage and sank under the same circumstances. B. The sinking of the Titanic was one of the largest non-war related disasters in history. C. Titanic tragedy still endlessly fascinating 100 years later.
Preview of Main Points:
1. The Titanic itself
2. The Sinking
3. The Movie
At the time the Titanic was the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner ever built. 1. At the time of her launch, she was the biggest, largest movable object ever built. 2. The beautiful accommodations of the Titanic were decorated and furnished with only the finest items. 3. The Titanic was widely believed to be the safest ship ever built. Transition: From the Titanic itself, to the tragedy on its maiden voyage. III.
The Titanic hit disaster head-on when it ran into an iceberg four days after its departure. 1. The beginning of the maiden voyage was mostly uneventful. 2. The journey took a horrible turn when the ship struck an iceberg and began to sink. 3. As the ship went down, some were placed in lifeboats, but the majority of passengers had no place to go. 4. The ship eventually disappeared from sight.
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Cameron, J. (Director). (1997). Special Features/Behind the Scenes. On Titanic [Motion picture].
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Titanic (1997),Titanic 3-D (2012). (1997). Retrieved November 29, 2012, from Box Office Mojo
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