The Hero’s Journey in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now
The hero’s journey in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” begins in the known natural world. The hero in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece is Captain Willard. A call to adventure arouses when Willard is sent for to report to the general in command to receive his mission. Willard is informed of a renegade Colonel by the name of Kurtz, who has assembled his own followers and army. Kurtz left and disappeared from the Army and is killing American soldiers that come into his turf. Willard’s mission is to travel up river by boat deep into Cambodia, find Colonel Kurtz, and eliminate him by any means necessary.
After Willard receives this call to adventure, he sometimes recalls in his head how silly his choice is to go through with this. Threshold guardians in Willard’s own mind try to tell him not to do it but he continues. Willard meets his semi-seaworthy escort, a team of four men. Willard and his boat of men, begin to pummel into the unknown world. A guide appears, a commander played by Robert Duvall. This commander commands a large group of helicopter gun ships and troops ready to secure the mouth of the river for Willard’s safe passage. The crew has no idea where they are going upriver except Willard. The content that Willard is aware of is classified to the crew onboard the boat.
While in the “unknown” tests and trials stimulate. For example,...