Comparative Essay

1099 Words Mar 21st, 2013 5 Pages
St. Anne School Literature

Comparative analysis: “Heart of Darkness” & “Apocalypse Now”

Student: Mora Vandenbroele

Teacher: Azucena Estigarribia

Year: 11th “A”

“Heart of Darkness” vs. “Apocalypse Now”

It is very interesting how humans are so intrigued about the evilness in the world, and the dedication of some men to compare Hell with the Earthly horror. Joseph Conrad, a genius writer, took his time to show this with his masterpiece “Heart of Darkness” that was later on an amazing inspiration for the director Francis Ford Coppola, that based his film on Conrad’s novel. Different parallels can be drawn when comparing and contrasting these two
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The point is: Are their intentions justifying the things they are doing? But, in Coppola’s film, the American’s viewpoint of communism and capitalism( that are the systems of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state), due to the setting and time period and pulls in some political viewpoint based on the era. Anyway, was the spread of communism the actual reason why the U.S government decided to invade? As the war progressed, an unprecedented antiwar movement emerged in America. Millions participated in protests, teach-ins, and riots. The movement was fuelled by public confusion as to the reasons for the U.S. invasion. The director takes advantage of these confusion the illustrate his opinion and the incite the viewers opinion too. Talking about the characters, it is important to make parallels between the main characters of both works. To start with, we have Marlow character in “Heart of Darkness”, who is sent to the Congo as ivory agent and when he arrives he is told about Kurtz, another ivory agent, that is lost in the jungle and apparently “sick”. This character can be compared to Captain Willard, who is sent on a mission to Vietnam no kill one of his own. Both of them learn about the battle between good and evil, and the evil that the jungle

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