The Story "Heart Of Darkness" Written By Joseph Conrad

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The story "Heart of Darkness" written by Joseph Conrad, and the movie Apocalypse. Now, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, both portray the same mysterious journey into the jungle and without doubt demonstrate how each character faced many different events and situations that inevitably changed their perspective mainly Marlow in Heart of Darkness and Willard in Apocalypse Now.Both the novel Heart of darkness and the movie create the same mysterious journey with various similarities and differences. The journey's mystery lies in the scene; it is one down a river by boat, deep in the jungle. The jungle populated mainly with wild animals and a few natives. The reason for the expedition is to search for a sick man named Kurtz, who is followed by the natives and his men from their previous mission. In the Heart of Darkness, the journey to find Kurtz, who is an ivory trader who has gone toodeep into the jungles of Africa in search of ivory, while in Apocalypse Now, Kurtz is ahigh-ranking officer in the military who has disobeyed orders and is now fighting theVietnam war in Cambodia with his unit in his own fashion.The protagonists in both thenovel and the movie go through various changes while on their mission to find Kurtz.For example, Marlow who is the rookie captain of a ship, slowly begins to envisionKurtz as an immortal figure. In the movie, Williard's state of mind ranges from being ademented soldier to a crazed assassin. Although they are on the same mission, Marlowand Willard face terribly different factors that affect their journey.Since Heart of Darkness was based in the 1980's, Marlow experiences many things dueto the lack of modern technologies. For example, a damaged steamer delays Marlow'sjourney for almost weeks. The delay is caused because Marlow and his crew could notget the rivets they needed to fix his steamer. A radio or phone could have helpedMarlow fix his steamer earlier and gotten onto the water quicker.Willard dealt with different issues than Marlow because technology solved the manyproblems that Willard faced. Willard did not have to deal with lack of communication, allof which was provided by radio, phone and reconnaissance planes. Willard also knewabout the conditions of Kurtz's location, he knew the natives followed Kurtz, and that itwas going to be a gruesome scene when he arrived. As he arrived up river, Willard sawbodies hanging from ropes and was not the least bit affected by it.Although the journeys that Marlow and Willard make are similar in the fact that theyare both looking for Kurtz, the motivations for the journeys are different. Marlow'sexpedition through Africa at the time was to find Kurtz, who had been searching andaccumulating ivory, gold and slaves. The main reason for Willard's expedition is to lookfor a general named Kurtz who has gone crazy, one who is waging a war different fromthe one intended to keep...

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