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In Titanic, the iconic ending shows Jack letting go of the plank and allowing himself to sink and die while presumably leaving Rose alive and safe. I find it controversial that Jack could have climbed on to the plank, and they both could have managed to save themselves still.Jack and Rose

I have put forward a theory popular on this topic. But am certain there are much more explanations for this plot. Could it be an inconsistency? Or was it played up just because Jack had to die?

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Had he climbed onto the plank as any reasonable human would do, the ending would have been far less tragic, so I guess the answer is "to give Rose a tragic story to tell". But maybe there is a better explanation for it...Oh wait, you already have a better answer. Meh blog-overflow, but Ok, it's really a common question, so thanks for it. –  Napoleon Wilson Sep 5 '13 at 19:32
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While the space on the plank was plenty for two people to sit on it, the plank would have sunk under the combined weight. Since it was on water, it could float only when there was one person on it. If Jack had indeed climbed onto the plank, it would have partially or fully submerged into the cold water. So it was both dangerous and risky - if it didn't sink, then they would be in water and get hypothermia. Hence Jack decided to sacrifice himself so that Rose could stay out of the water and safe on the raft.

Also, James Cameron explains this in an interview

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