Well its July again, and time for more jawing about Jaws.
Richard Dreyfuss’ son, Ben, just posted a theory about Jaws - the shark (called Jaws) didn’t kill Ben Gardner - Quint killed him!
"Quint demands $10,000, a number he is refused. In his monologue, he says “There are too many captains on this island,” demonstrating his disdain for his rival fisherman.
What if after the meeting Quint is confronted by one of those rivals, Ben Gardner? Perhaps Gardner teases him for demanding such an extravagant sum. Perhaps he mentions the war, a subject we will come to learn is very sensitive to Quint, a survivor of the USS Indianapolis. Enraged, Quint follows Gardner out to sea. Once nightfalls, Quint pulls his boat up to Gardner’s and kills him. He uses a baseball bat to bang up Gardner’s boat a bit. Remember that Gardner’s boat is not so damaged as to actually sink. It is floating ghostlike when dad and Brody find it. Quint knows that the boat will be found and that people will think it is another shark attack—if he can plant some physical evidence.
The tooth. Quint has in his shop a massive Great White jaw. He has ample amounts of Great White teeth. He places one of the teeth in the wreckage and heads back to town.
His plan goes perfectly. Not only has he rid himself of a business rival, but he has increased the shark’s body count, making it more likely that the town will hand him $10,000. He didn’t realize that the mayor would still be so bullheaded that it would take yet another death. A death which nevertheless comes.
What about Gardner’s body? The head remained in the boat, but if Quint killed him he probably didn’t eat his body. Well, reader, Quint has an answer for that as well. He took Gardner’s body back with him to his fishing shop and mixed it with the chum—fish blood and guts—that he uses for bait to attract other sharks. He uses that chum to eventually lure the shark after the Orca."