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Comparison and Contrast Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now In Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrads diction and choice of detail work to create an image of the Russian as absurd and surreal showing the reader one possible effect other than the creation of a Kurtz of the combination of the power of darkness and Western culture Francis Ford Coppola through his scripting and costuming for the American photojournalist in Apocalypse Now makes a similar statement Thus the scenes in which the protagonist meets the RussianAmerican are very similar as they both work towards the same purpose with similar effect The first word that Marlow uses to describe the Russian is cheerful This establishes him as out of place from the outset as it comes on the heels of the attack on the boat When told of the attack the Russian replies that its all right Clearly it is not all right the helmsman mediocre as he may have been is dead Upon closer inspection Marlow says that he looks like a harlequin a jester The Russian is covered with an absurd set of patches a sharp contrast to the darkness that is consistently attributed to the Congo and the jungle surrounding it A few lines later he is described as looking extremely gay and wonderfully neat due to the color and level of detail given to the patches The only other person in the novel who gives attention to his clothing is the chief accountant who is arguably as out of place as the Russian the accountant also was described as looking like a hairdressers dummy The level of absurd self-contradiction continues through the details that Conrad employs about the Russians facial expressions Smiles and frowns chasing each other like sunshine and shadow obviously there is nothing serious or even realistic about the Russian He is boyish and later Marlow doubts that he even existed In comparison the American in Apocalypse Now is just
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