The plots of these two works are parallel. In Apocalypse Now, Willard, like Marlow, is sent on a mission. However, he is sent to kill Col. Kurtz, whereas Marlow is asked to bring him back with him. Apocalypse Now presents Kurtz as a psych...
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...ed on the waves, despite the fact that their lives are all in danger and they are murdering hundreds of people. Killgore is oblivious to the destruction he is causing, and doesn't even realize that the reason Willard and Lance leave is because he is being irrational. This entire scene mocks the selfishness of the officers during war, Killgore in particular; this also displays the absurdity of imperialism in general.
Apocalypse Now is a presentation of imperialism in a more contemporary setting, the Vietnam War, to which more people can relate. Heart of Darkness is a classic imperialistic novel portraying the same basic events in Apocalypse Now. However, because Apocalypse Now is visual representation, it is more widely accepted than Heart of Darkness. Despite the contrasts, they both show the ignorance of imperialism and the destruction and selfishness it displays.
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