heart of darkness

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Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness uncovers the lone darkness of the jungles from his point of curiosity where as Francis Coppola follows along Conrad’s trail with his movie anticipation of the jungles of Vietnam during the War. Apocalypse Now introduces a live action film interoperating Conrad’s view up traveling up the river. The theme of curiosity is displayed in both Conrad’s novel and Coppola’s film. In this essay, I will be comparing and contrasting Joseph Conrad’s novel to Francis Coppola’s film, Conrad’s anticipation to Coppola’s, and the novels protagonist Marlow to the films war hero Benjamin Willard shed insight on the theme curiosity through both writer and director in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now.

First, the novel and film are very similar. Joseph Conrad published his novel in 1899 and Francis Coppola’s aired his film in 1979. The movie Apocalypse Now was inspired by Conrad’s novel with many changes to adapt to the modern age. Conrad's journey to the Congo mainly allowed him to write about his experience, pulling together an almost realistic point of view that created a field of dept comparing the dark city to the dark jungle. However, Coppola is what we would consider modern, or now old. Coppola uses the literary work of Conrad and transforms and changes his view into a more violence scene. The difference in Coppola’s work is he uses the Vietnam War to mask his story, catching up to Conrad’s story after pulling together a scene of his main cast accepting a mission into the jungle, where Conrad begins on the Congo river telling a story.

Secondly, Conrad shows us the dark industrial revolution compared to the dark jungle where as Coppola gives us his interpretation of the dark jungle of Willard traveling up ...

... middle of paper ... the story as Apocalypse Now derived solely from Conrad’s work with many changes have been made to accommodate modern time. Joseph Conrad’s novel is a classic to read but requires Francis Coppola’s film to understand the full concept. Conrad’s anticipation of his novel comes from his adventure, his exploration to the Congo and seeing things for himself where Coppola uses the time frame of what era his film is placed in and uses the little resources he has to make his work a success. Marlow and Willard are seen as the protagonist of the novel and movie and serve as the back bone of the story line. In relation to society, Coppola shows the audience that war is bloody, many things happen and you must do what you can to win. This was shown as Willard became a hero in the end of the movie as he sails away on his patrol boat, later calling in for an aerial strike.
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