Deathon February 13, 2012 at 7:31 am
I’ll never let go, Jack. I promise.
The end of an episode. Jack gets consumed by the stresses of the body. Jack can no longer take a breath any longer. He has been in the ice cold water for a long time. His body was already failing and the body’s automated responses have been active for quite awhile. He no doubt had frostbite the moment he jumped into the water. That water was below freezing level. Rose tells Jack that she won’t go, however, this is only because Rose can not come to terms about losing Jack.
On further reflection of this quote, I have thought of two scenarios that this quote could’ve meant. The first being that telling Jack she will not let go, is like confirming that she will not forgot about the happiness they both shared in the last few days. The second is Rose not ready to accept the death of her beloved one. I actually think both of these are true. I know Rose was not ready for any of this to happen and so it is logical to reason that she is telling Jack to hold on a bit longer. At the same time, Jack is slipping away and Rose understands that she needs to communicate one final message, something that will make him happy. That message was confirming that Rose will live a happy life as Jack wants it to be. The promise part is just an affirmation of that statement.
What do you think? Are there several messages embedded in this one line? Or is there a whole different type of message here? What physiological issues are present in Rose at this time? Obviously Rose was sad, what other emotions do you think are present? If you had to be one person in this scene, who would you be and why? Does this remind you of any time you had to let go of someone?