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Caleb’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
My theory: The night before Quint’s death, he tells Brody and Hooper the story of the USS Indianapolis. This was a warship Quint served on during WWII. The ship sank in the Pacific Ocean and the survivors were each picked off by sharks. Quint was one of the only survivors.
Jaws isn't really about Brody saving the beach from a man-eating shark. That's just one small cog in the machine. Was Quint supposed to die along with the rest of his friends on the Indianapolis? Perhaps, but he didn't. Jaws is a final destination movie and Quint is the final victim that Death was hunting. You cannot escape your fate.