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Francis Coppolas Apocalypse Now dramatically displays a variety of the shocking devastating and bizarre emotions experienced by victims of the Vietnam War Viewers are able to feel the horror and madness of the war as eccentric images of Hell repeat themselves upon Captain Willards arrival to Kurtzs station As Willard reaches his destination the evidence of insanity grows as the presence of Natives present themselves awkward to the audience and to the actors In connection to the novel Heart of Darkness this Hollywood production revives the enigma of Willards mission using effective sound effects images and props Apocalypse Now adequately recaptures the horror madness sensuousness and the moral dilemmas displayed in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness in a visually appeasing way Images of horror and madness greet Captain Willard as he approaches Kurtzs station The eerie tribal dance performed by one of the soldiers on board the boat foreshadows the madness and horror of what is to come The half-naked natives seen standing in war canoes are as silent as the jungle It is the type of silence that could make one go insane Madness is everywhere The natives run at the sound of the siren which like the natives cry arose with terrifying shrillness that pierced the still air like a sharp arrow flying straight to the very heart of the land Conrad 100 As the natives ran the bushes shook the grass swayed for a time and then everything stood still in attentive immobility Conrad 100 Again a sense of madness is displayed as the actors and audiences question the purpose of the natives silent stare For the same purpose Francis Coppola has them silently come up from the ground Conrad 100 to take Willard hostage It is as if the natives are dead souls reaching out to drag Willard into their circle of death The horrid images of dead bodies hanging naked from trees parallel to the symbolic Conrad 97
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