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In examining ourselves and understanding the soul we notice that society has the ability to bring out our savage sides At times this evil side has the tendency to break out during times of isolation from our culture or when we notice great differences between cultures Francis Ford Coppolas Apocalypse Now is loosely based on Joseph Conrads novel Heart of Darkness Both deal with the main character whether it is Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now or Marlow in Heart of Darkness sharing their tales of an expedition down a river into a jungle of darkness The darkness he witnesses is however moral The main character meets a man Kurtz who has significant power over people sees past the truth yet still represents the embodiment of evil Both stories are about mans journey into his self and the discoveries to be made there They are also about man confronting his fears of failure death and cultural contamination Both Conrads novel and Coppolas adaptation of the novel deal with the power of imperialism and both the bright light and extreme darkness the imperialism helped bring about Heart of Darkness dealt with the British ivory trade in Africa along the Congo while Apocalypse Now focused on the American involvement with the affairs in Vietnam During Marlows mission to find Kurtz he is also trying to find himself He like Kurtz had good intentions upon entering the Congo Conrad tries to show us that Marlow is what Kurtz had been once and Kurtz is what Marlow could become Every human has a little of Marlow and Kurtz in them Marlow says about himself I was getting savage Conrad 1 meaning that he was becoming more like Kurtz Along the trip into the wilderness they discover their true selves through contact with savage natives As Marlows travels down the Congo he feels like he is traveling back through time He notices the wilderness and can feel the darkness of
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