"Apocalypse Now" by Francis Ford Coppola and " Heart Of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad Comparison Essay by The Research Group

"Apocalypse Now" by Francis Ford Coppola and " Heart Of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad
A comparison of the 1979 film and the novel on which it is based. Includes scenes, characters, symbolism and the ending.
# 21187 | 1,575 words | 8 sources | 1994 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Comparison) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)


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"The film Apocalypse Now (1979) is a translation of Joseph Conrad's short novel Heart of Darkness to the milieu of the Vietnam War. In doing so, screenwriters John Milius and Francis Coppola utilize the basic plot structure of the novel, with elements altered to reflect the horrors and terrors of the war. Underlying both the novel and the film is the idea of the journey into the darkest areas of the human soul. The film indeed carries this much further than does the novel because where Conrad features a central character who comes to question his own righteousness and to wonder whether all men could not become a Kurtz under the right circumstances, Milius and Coppola see the war in Vietnam as made up of precisely the "right" circumstances. The war is a veritable cauldron of evil forces in which the central character not only fears he might be just like Kurtz, but..."

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