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Apocalypse Now Review Vietnam was a war fought by the unwillingly for the ungrateful led by the unqualified Apocalypse Now is Coppolas film based on Heart of Darkness but set in the Vietnam jungle The major theme in the novel is the examination of Americas involvement militarily in Vietnam However like Conrads novel it also shows the potential inherent darkness in all human hearts Coppola retains the basic structure of Conrads novel for his film As Marlow in Heart of Darkness travels up the Congo eventually to find Kurtz similarly Captain Willard the protagonist in Coppolas film travels up the Nung River to meet his Kurtz Both the Company and the Army want their Kurtzes dead Kurtz exposes his superiors real motives and methods and the Army does not want the truth to be known Willard becomes more perceptive to the moral darkness around him this causes him to question his real purpose or goal in what he is doing Eventually after killing Kurtz Willard realizes the darkness that can be brought out in any man examined through Kurtz if society allows amoral values to thrive The message in Apocalypse Now is the same message in Heart of Darkness which is that any man can succumb to his savage desires he just needs the right environment to allow his temptations to be nurtured and bloom Apocalypse Now was based on events that had deep meaning and significance for its director Coppola had just witnessed his generation and the still younger generation fight this bloody conflict nobody wanted to be apart of He must have seen the wounded and maimed war veterans their physical scars obvious who came to represent the lost generation Politics at the time forced the Vietnam War upon the American people The Cold War was in full force and the American government felt it needed to stem the tide of spreading Communism in South East Asia So troops were sent
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