Heart of Darkness Essay

Topics: Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness Pages: 3 (1125 words) Published: March 29, 2011
Santiago Páez
Susan Galle
English A1

Corruption in Imperialism in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now Both the novel "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad and the movie "Apocalypse Now" are about one man's journey through the dark, cruel wilderness of Africa and Vietnam. Marlow's mission is to rescue Kurtz from up the Congo at the inner station, while Willard's is to terminate Kurtz's command up the Nung River, by any means necessary. Much parallelism can be found between the movie and the novel, yet also there are discrepancies that separate the two. The characters of the two have different parts and roles but have related purposes toward the general themes of imperialism. Imperialism in both works shows the blinding of its oppressors and the arrogance to the truth of colonization. Through analysis and comparison of the characters a parallel of themes can be made between the novel "Heart of Darkness" and the movie "Apocalypse Now." In "Heart of Darkness" there are two types of evils, the flabby pale skinned devil and the hollow red eyed devil. In the novel the flabby devils are just there to leech off the system and make the best for themselves; the general manager is constantly trying to kill off Kurtz, not sending supplies and not wanting to make the journey to rescue him. These devils are just there benefiting for their own self-interest and do not have a clue on what they are really there to do. This is very much like the American soldiers in Vietnam seen in "Apocalypse Now." Every single character in the movie excluding Willard, Kurtz, and the French family don't have a damn reason for being in Vietnam. They are all complete idiots that Kurtz refers as "dilettantes in war and tourists in Vietnam. As long as cold beer, hot food, rock and roll, and all other amenities remain the expected norm, our conduct of the war will gain only impotence." All the soldiers are so blind to real situation at hand; they don't see each Vietnamese as a human...
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