Comparing Heart Of Darkness And Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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The early 1900’s novella, Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad follows the journey of a man named Charlie Marlow. Apocalypse Now, a 1970’s movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola follows the mission of a man named Captain Benjamin L. Willard. Apocalypse Now filmed nearly 80 years after the initial publication of the novella was created as a film adaptation of the book. The movie changes many elements from the novella, but keeps the basic outline and a few characters the same. Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now have many similar aspects while still being their own separate pieces, by comparing the journey within both works, analyzing the characters, and understanding their different interpretations of darkness the relationship between these two works can truly be seen. In Heart of Darkness Marlow is sitting on a boat, the Nellie, and tells the story of his journey through Africa’s Congo to his fellow seamen. Marlow starts his story with his childhood, during which he had a great passion for maps and the blank spaces on earth. “ ‘There was one… the biggest, the most blank, so to speak- that I had a hankering after… by this time it was not a blank space any more.’ ” (Conrad 13). This is Marlow’s opening remark about why he wanted to travel around Africa. With help from his Aunt, Marlow gets a position as skipper of a river steamboat, which allows him to travel the snake-like river he has been eyeing up since his childhood. Eventually Marlow travels up the
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