Comparing Joseph Conrad’s novel “Heart of Darkness” and Francis Ford Coppola’s film “Apocalypse Now”

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The focus of this Comparative Essay is to evaluate the similarities between Joseph Conrad’s novel “Heart of Darkness” and Francis Ford Coppola’s film “Apocalypse Now.” Resemblances in both stories are prominent when reading the novel or watching the film. The resemblance which will be used in this essay will be the similarities between the protagonists in both stories, Charlie Marlow and Captain Benjamin L. Willard. Both men are in search of two other individuals that go by the same name, Kurtz. Whether it is Captain Willard or Charlie Marlow, both characters have many similarities which are notable when watching the film and reading the novel. Charlie Marlow (Heart of Darkness) is in search of Mr. Kurtz who is a very powerful man; Marlow…show more content…
In “Apocalypse Now” Captain B.L Willard is on a top secret mission to eliminate Walter Kurtz, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Vietnam War in 1968 who is allegedly hiding in a remote Cambodian jungle. Willard also begins to idolize Kurtz as he reads the top secret letters he gets while on the boat; Willard begins to look at him like a human being and less like a target while reading the letters intercepted by the military. Willard learns about his family and his wife and he also gains recognisance and sees that Kurtz is some sort of prodigy and that there is more to him than an average man. Both Marlow and Willard are leaders in their own right; they are the reasons why the characters in both stories travel down the two rivers, the Nung River (Apocalypse Now) and the Congo River (Heart of Darkness). They are also in control of their crew and what is seen in the film or narrated in the novel is through the eyes and the experiences of both Charlie Marlow and Captain Willard. Both men also demoralize their crew members and refer to them as somewhat lesser beings than themselves. Francis Ford Coppola’s character Willard refers to his crew as “kids” and at first glance refers to them as a bunch of “Rock and Roller’s” also for the record, Willard is a Captain in the military, he is older,

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