Informative Speech Outline
Specific purpose: The primary role for the speech was to keep my audience informed concerning one of the most popular historic tragedies, the Titanic.
As a fact, from the tragedy to the movie, the Titanic sinking still remains among the most famous historic tragedies.
A. The Titanic itself
According to Morgan Robertson, an American writer of the book “The Wreck of the Titan”, there was an “unsinkable” ship by the title “The Titan”. This ship sailed from England to New York and there were many famous and rich people that were on board. During its journey across the North Atlantic Ocean, the ship sunk after hitting an iceberg. Numerous lives got lost since there lacked sufficient lifeboats. However, the strange thing concerning this book is that The Wreck of the Titan was published fourteen years prior to the Titanic sink. Therefore, Titanic sink remains one of the biggest non-war associated historic tragedies, and it remained vital to be knowledgeable concerning the past. Nevertheless, from such a tragedy to the movie, the Titanic sinking will remain to be one of the most famous historic tragedies.
B. The tragedy
The Titanic met its tragedy head-on after hitting an iceberg four days later after departing. According to Tibballs (1997), the Titanic ship departed Queenstown, Ireland at 1:30 pm on 10th April, 1912, and it was destined for New York. During its sailing, the weather remained perfect since there were light winds, a blue sky, and the ocean was calm. The journey turned to a horrible tragedy when the ship hit an iceberg and started sinking since the biggest part of the iceberg remained under water. As the ship sunk, some passengers were rescued but most of the were left with no place to go. The ship had only 20 lifeboats that were quickly filled with children and women. Eventually, the ship was no longer on sight since it had disappeared.
C. The Movie
A movie by James Cameron depicting the Titanic tragedy was written, directed, and produced. According to Mash 1997, Cameron decided to design a movie that was to bring the Titanic event to life. Creating the movie was expensive such that it amounted to $250 million in budget. However, the movie was very successful. According to Kramer 1998, the Titanic movie made almost $600 million in the United States, remaining the most popular movie of all the time in the world.
From the tragedy to the movie, the Titanic sink will still be remembered as one of the most famous historic disasters. In conclusion, it is good to remember the written story fourteen years before the Titanic sunk (The Wreck of the Titan). The tragedy currently appears like it was a life case, or an eerie prophecy. However, despite any case, the loss of lives on the disaster was very tremendous, and it is an event that will always be remembered.
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Tibbals, G. (1997). The Titanic: The extraordinary story of the “unsinkable” ship. Pleasantville, New York: Reader’s Digest.