Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now Essay

822 Words Mar 21st, 2013 4 Pages
Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad and “Apocalypse Now”, a movie directed by Francis Coppola represent two outstanding examples that compare relevant ideas regarding racism, colonialism, and prejudices. The two combine film along with descriptive language to portray their mastery during different eras. For Heart of Darkness, Conrad uses his writing techniques to illustrate Marlow in the Congo, while in “Apocalypse Now”, Coppola uses film editing and close ups on important scenes with unique sounds to identify Willards’ quest for Kurtz. Both portray the idea of colonization in foreign lands that otherwise may have been uninhabited by their own people if left alone. In the Heart of Darkness, while Marlow and the crew are traveling …show more content…
The African captain steering the boat angrily tells Willard he doesn’t know where he’s going and begins to fire on the natives. The camera then turns to Willard who thrusts his body towards the steering wheel only to be stunned to see that his captain has been pierced straight through his body with a large spear. The captain takes one last gasp and then dies at the feet of Willard. Coppola’s use of camera angles is vital for the movie as it switches from each crew member, along with their reactions to the natives throwing things at them. Coppola does an excellent job creating friction between Willard and his crew and establishes ties through nonverbal communication of different crew members. Similarly, Willard and Marlow correlate in their characters and the same scenario plays out with the boat captain who is steering the steamer to end up dead, due to his arrogance and willingness to get aggressive. Although there was much similarity between the two works, there were discrepancies. The setting of the stories were different and written in different time periods. Heart of Darkness, written in the late nineteenth century, was set in the African Jungle frontier. “Apocalypse Now”, released in 1979, was set in Vietnam. The character differences between Marlow and Willard are quite overwhelming. Marlow was eager to meet Kurtz and learn secrets of the

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