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A Mysterious Journey Into the Jungle in the Story Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and the Movie Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola
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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 journeys 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 too deep into the jungles of Africa in search of ivory while in Apocalypse Now Kurtz is a high-ranking officer in the military who has disobeyed orders and is now fighting the Vietnam war in Cambodia with his unit in his own fashionThe protagonists in both the novel 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 envision Kurtz as an immortal figure In the movie Williards state of mind ranges from being a demented soldier to a crazed assassin Although they are on the same mission Marlow and Willard face terribly different factors that affect their journey Since Heart of Darkness was based in the 1980s Marlow experiences many things due to the lack of modern technologies For example a damaged steamer delays Marlows journey for almost weeks The delay is caused because Marlow and his crew could not get the rivets they needed to fix
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