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Apocalypse Now is a vivid account of Vietnam and the damaging effects of the war based on the novel by Joseph Conrad The film takes the view down Nung River into Cambodia where the darkness is discovered and civilized war ends A separation is formed in this film between the soldiers and society and likewise morality and confusion Throughout the movie the viewer is witness to the changed man Although we see definite discrepancies to the degree of this change it is apparent in all of the soldiers From the young characters of Clean and Lance to Willard who ultimately becomes the individual who comes to understand the darkness and the horror that average person can never imagine Music is a very important part of the film encapsulating horrific scenes connecting the known to the unknown- for most of us The opening scene of the film plays The End by the Doors while we view massive explosive sequences The music symbolizes the despairing ending of human morality that is created by war The music can also been seen as a release for the soldiers Music and drugs ultimately become the means for dealing with the atrocities of the jungle This is exemplified by the young characters of Clean and Lance who we see dancing to the music and doing drugs throughout the movie For Clean and Chef drugs are an escape However Lance uses the drugs to bring himself closer to the environments that he encounters in their journey into Cambodia He adapts himself to the community of natives who are under rule by Kurtz and because of this he survivesIronically many or I should say most of the leaders we encounter in the film are on the brink of sanity The first leader we meet in combat is a general who cares more about the surf than the accomplishment of the mission However because he realizes that the mission must be completed in order
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