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Comparative Essay between Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now The ties between Joseph Conrads book Heart of Darkness and Francis Coppolas movie Apocalypse Now are unmistakable Apocalypse Nows accuracy in following the story line of the Heart of Darkness is amazing although the settings of each story are from completely different location and time periods From the jungle of the Congo in Africa to the Nung river in Vietnam Joseph Conrads ideals are not lost In both the book and the movie the ideas of good and evil whiteness darkness and racism are apparent Also characterization in both the novel and the movie are very similar Both The Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now examine the good and evil in humans In The Heart of Darkness Marlow speaks of Fresleven who was killed in a fight with some natives The argument between Fresleven and the natives was over some chickens and Fresleven felt he had been ripped off in the deal Marlow describes Fresleven as the gentlest quietest creature that ever walked on two legsp 13 Conrad However later in the same paragraph Marlow sayshe probably felt the need at last of asserting his self-respect in some way Therefore he whacked the old nigger mercilesslyp 13 Conrad Soldiers in combat are forced to bring the evil within themselves out every time they go into battle The scene in Apocalypse Now where Captain Willard first meets Lt Colonel Kilgore exhibits the power combat has in bringing out the dark side in humans The attitude the soldiers have towards their enemy in the scene shows how evil humans can be Kilgore demonstrates his dark side when he tosses the death cards on to the bodies of the dead Vietcong without showing any remorse over the death of fellow humans The Vietcong were his enemies but they were no less human Another example of the movie expressing good an evil is when General Corman says
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