Heart of Darkness vs. Apocalypse Now

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To win the top award at the Cannes Film Festival and be nominated for eight awards at the Academy Awards is an outstanding feat. Francis Ford Coppola 's Apocalypse Now did not only that, but won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound. Coppola can not take all the credit for this enlightening movie. The film was loosely based off of Joseph Conrad 's Heart of Darkness. Though Conrad was not credited in Apocalypse Now, his novella has a great impact on Coppola 's cinematic masterpiece. Captain Benjamin Willard of Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness 's Marlow are very much alike. Both are sent on a mission to find Kurtz, a well respected man. In the novella, Kurtz is an exceptional ivory trader and not only a musician, but a…show more content…
And good does not always triumph," General Corman informs Willard of the dangers of mankind. The people who should be most civilized act barbaric. The Ninth Air Calvary attacks innocent, unarmed natives and the pilgrims pick on the African workers, treating them like slaves. The cannibals that assist Marlow on his steamer act surprisingly civilized, more so than the pilgrims. The Congo of Africa and the deep jungle of Cambodia are places of corruption. Marlow and Willard take the same journey that Kurtz does and they become him. Kurtz realizes his darkness and mistakes before he dies and cries, "The horror, the horror!" Marlow accepts this and burries Kurtz in the mud, while in Apocalypse Now, Willard sees that the only solution is the murder Kurtz. Both take the valuable life lesson that Kurtz exposed. With the new information they have, Marlow and Willard travel away from the darkness to not subdue themselves to the same fate as Kurtz. "We 'd cut them in half with a machine gun and give them a Band-Aid. It was a lie," Willard contemplates his alliance on the boat. When the American troops entered the Vietnam War, the intent was to save Southern Vietnam from Communism. In the end, thousands of Americans were killed and many innocent Vietnam citizens were murdered. The darkness is never absent. The same is happening today with the war in Iraq. The ivory company and the
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