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Man's Journey Into His Self and the Discoveries Made in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and the Movie, Apocalypse Now by Francis Coppola
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Inherent inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains repressed by society Often this evil side breaks out during times of isolation from our culture and whenever one culture confronts another History is loaded with examples of atrocities that have occurred when one culture comes into contact with another Whenever fundamentally different cultures meet there is often a fear of contamination and loss of self that leads us to discover more about our true selves often causing perceived madness by those who have yet to discoverThe Puritans left Europe in hopes of finding a new world to welcome them and their beliefs What they found was a vast new world loaded with Indian cultures new to them This overwhelming cultural interaction caused some Puritans to go mad and try to purge themselves of a perceived evil This came to be known as the Salem witch trials During World War II Germany made an attempt to overrun Europe What happened when the Nazis came into power and persecuted the Jews in Germany Austria and Poland is well known as the Holocaust Here humans evil side provides one of the scariest occurrences of this century Adolf Hitler and his Nazi counterparts conducted raids of the ghettos to locate and often exterminate any Jews they found Although Jews are the most widely known victims of the Holocaust they were not the only targets When the war ended 6 million Jews Slavs Gypsies homosexuals Jehovahs Witnesses Communists and others targeted by the Nazis had died in the Holocaust Most of these deaths occurred in gas chambers and mass shootings This gruesome attack was motivated mainly by the fear of cultural intermixing which would impurify the Master RaceJoseph Conrads book The Heart of Darkness and Francis Coppolas movie Apocalypse Now are both stories about Mans journey into his self and the discoveries to be made there They are also about Man confronting his fears of failure insanity
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