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While there are differences between Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Apocalypse Now!, and Joseph Conrad novel, The Heart of Darkness, Kurtz and his influence on the main character remain very similar. Both the movie and novel depict a protagonist’s struggle to travel upstream in a ship in search of a man named Kurtz. While doing so, Marlow (The Heart of Darkness)/Willard (Apocalypse Now!) become progressively fascinated with Kurtz. Kurtz is claimed to have a profound influence on his followers and is becoming a huge influence on Marlow/Willard as well.
In both the film and the movie, Kurtz is portrayed as a man of great stature and mastery whose actions become questioned due his barbaric ...view middle of the document...

It is almost as if, he makes Kurtz a justification for the whole journey. On the other hand, Willard learns that a while ago, another man was sent on the same journey as him and that he ended up being heavily influenced by Kurtz. Despite his order, Willard seems to want to meet Kurtz more than to actually kill him; he wants to learn who this man really is and why he possess such a heavy influence on those who we associates himself with. At the same time, one could argue that Willard may be the tiniest bit worried of what influence Kurtz might have on him once they actually meet. Another thing that could possibly make Marlow an Willard so fascinated with Kurtz is the object of desire where in the Congo, ivory is highly prized, but in Vietnam, it is a demonstration of power. The closer Marlow and Willard get to Kurtz, the more they get lured into his story of how he manages to do or achieve such things. Marlow and Willard seem to be in a state of disbelief regarding the things that Kurtz is capable of and this disbelief slowly develops into this fascination of Kurtz.
While Kurtz has a profound influence on his followers, he also possess a heavy...

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