Near the end of ANTR Kenneth Moore's Lightoller is involved in a brief dialogue with Colonel Archibald Gracie in which he says that with the Titanic they'd been so sure of themselves about everything and that he felt that he'd never be sure of anything again. I tend to think of the progression of Cal's character in Cameron's film in a similar context with that statement. In the beginning Cal is boundlessly confident in everything around him. He believes in the power of money, he believes that he has Rose for himself, and he believes that Titanic is unsinkable. In fact Cal states several times (perhaps more than any other character) over the course of the film that the ship is unsinkable. As the ship is sinking Cal sees all these ideals he had believed in whirling in ruin around him. In this sense Caledon Hockley not only serves as the antagonist to the story but also as a view into the societal effects of the Titanic disaster, an event that ushered in an age of uncertainty leading up to the first world war. Is this view reasonable?