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Heart Of Darkness Vs. Apocalypse Now

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Throughout the course of the novel and the movie, we see many similarities and differences in the way the way the themes and messages are represented. Conrad must use wonderful imagery, the “lighting and setting” of a scene, in Heart of Darkness to convey his meaning to the reader. Coppola relies solely on what you see happening in Apocalypse Now and must therefore carefully choose the lighting and setting of a scene to convey a similar meaning created by the imagery of Conrad. It is this one notices in the scenes killing the helmsman in Heart of Darkness and Chief in Apocalypse Now.
Conrad has a very complex way of writing that allows his imagery to work the way it does in setting the ...view middle of the document...

In this, Conrad symbolizes that the river is a greater power. Conrad also shows that Marlow takes over steering the boat after the helmsman died, because no one else knew how to do so correctly.
Coppola creates a very similar scene for Chief to die in Apocalypse Now. Coppola takes the same scene and places it on a different river, yet still shaded by trees. This keeps the dark appearance for the scene. As mentioned about the scene in the book, this allows for a morbid feel to the scene. Chief is the man in charge of the boat for the most part. He takes care of making sure they get where they need to go while also making sure the rest of the crew is in line. This differs slightly from the book because the helmsman could not speak English and had no authority in Marlow’s or the pilgrims’ eyes. When Chief is killed, we also see the spear enter his side. He also then grabs the spear as he slowly dies. In the movie, however, we do not see the pool of blood that was left after the helmsman died. Coppola instead saved the large pool of blood for when Clean died before that. Perhaps Coppola feels that in his movie, Clean represented the more innocent character and the loss of his blood was more precious than the Chief’s because he was so young, whereas Conrad clearly believed the helmsman was the innocent one in the book because he knew no better. Thus, Willard did not take off his shoes and socks in the movie, because there was not a pool of blood where he needed to stand. Chief was not killed in the pilot-house. He was killed outside of it while going to help...

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