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In the article Narratological Parallels in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppolas Apocalypse Now Linda Costanzo Cahir compares and contrasts both the novella and the film Both writers had the same theme and meaning in mind but their structure and technique was what made the stories different In both the novel and the film we see the central character Marlow or Willard as a man drastically altered by a past experience Each story begins with the main character explaining how he was appointed to take the journey up the river Both Marlow and Willard made three unscheduled stops with the crew The third stop being the soul-altering confrontation with the mysterious Kurtz Cahir 1 Although the plot is the same the stories are different Not only in the way they are told but also in the way the main character endures the excursion Linda Costanzo Cahir speaks about the recording eye The narrator serves as the recording eye in Heart of Darkness Being invisible only between the teller and listener the narrator sees what is going on and reports back to the reader We see what the narrator sees just as we see what a camera sees The narrator controls what we hear and see at all times Apocalypse Now is a more contemporary version of Heart of Darkness retold through a camera Coppolas camera retells Benjamin Willards tale 2 We see everything through the eye of the camera Another similarity between the two stories is the audience Either by book or my film this story is being told to someone In Heart of Darkness the narrator is telling the story to the other people on the boat while in Apocalypse Now Willard is telling the story to the audience Like Chaucers Pilgrims Conrads character in this frame portion if the story are identified by their professions only and they too passed the time in storytelling 3 I really
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