The True Hero of the Movie Apocalypse Now

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11th Grade English
3/6/2013
Who is the hero in Apocalypse Now?

In 2000, Apocalypse Now was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “[c]ulturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” This shows how the characters in the film were significant enough to be preserved. In Francis Ford Coppola’s movie Apocalypse Now, Captain Benjamin L Willard is the true hero, because he risks everything, including his life, to fulfill his purpose which is to kill Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. This is important because Willard isn’t a “typical” hero; he isn’t particularly loved and admired by everyone. Throughout his journey, Willard is confronted by a lot of obstacles and even if he has to make difficult decisions to continue his mission and his tough quest makes him go through psychological changes, he never backs down. Contrary to Kurtz, Willard doesn’t lose himself in insanity and he continues doing what he feels is right.

Captain Willard is a hero because he will not stop until he has completed his mission which can be seen as a quest. Captain Willard is extremely faithful to the army. He goes through hell in order to find Kurtz but never stops trying to accomplish his mission. In the movie Apocalypse Now Willard says: “I was going to the worst place in the world, and I didn't even know it yet. Weeks away and hundreds of miles up a river that snaked through the war like a main circuit cable – plugged straight into Kurtz.” This sentence shows that Willard is putting his mission above everything and that he is willing to go through a dangerous river, risking the security of his crew and risking his own life in order to find Kurtz. Willard finds that the river connects him to Kurtz and no obstacle is going to loosen this connection as far as Willard is concerned. In one scene Willard and Jay “Chef” Hicks go look for mangos in the forest, and they get attacked by a tiger. When they make it back to the boat Jay...
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