The Russian And The Photojournalist Essay

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Joseph Conrad and Francis Ford Coppola both seek to portray the darkness within an individual. Coppola’s film, Apocalypse Now, parallels Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in a modern manner. However, through the use of film as a medium, Coppola makes his portrayal more accessible to the audience. It is more accessible because it takes place during an actual time period in history which makes the plot—to a certain extent—relatable to the audience, and because the audience can visually see the transformation that characters undergo when submitting to their inner darkness. Savagery and insanity are predators who feast on the souls of their prey which in both of these works happen to go by the name of ...view middle of the document...

They take comfort in the fact that someone else from their home has made it this far into enemy territory and remained alive. Marlow and his party cannot feel this same comfort because the Russian is not from England. While both characters talk insistently, the Russian’s speech is quite educated and light whereas the photojournalist’s is serious and incredibly vulgar. The Russian is dressed in a brightly-colored suit and the photojournalist is dressed in a dark, typical counterculture fashion. Their choice of clothing symbolizes their attitudes towards Kurtz—the Russian is jovial while the photojournalist is serious. These differences highlight the contrasting effects that the Kurtzs have on their followers.
The Russian and the photojournalist make Kurtz seem more intelligent and wiser than he really is. When these characters are first introduced, they are happy and they even help the search parties by advising them to make alarm-type sounds on their boats in order to keep them out of trouble with the natives. The Russian explains by saying, “’One good screech will do more for you than all your rifles’” (Conrad 127). The presence of someone who is not a native and can help is relieving for the search parties. When these two characters are asked about Kurtz they both reply with, “’You don’t talk with that man—you listen to him,’” and ‘”this man has enlarged my mind’” (Conrad 127). The photojournalist even goes so far...

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