The story "Heart of Darkness" written by Joseph Conrad

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The story "Heart of Darkness" written by Joseph Conrad, and the movie Apocalypse. Now, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, both portray the same mysterious journey into the jungle and without doubt demonstrate how each character faced many different events and situations that inevitably changed their perspective mainly Marlow in Heart of Darkness and Willard in Apocalypse Now.

Both the novel Heart of darkness and the movie create the same mysterious journey with various similarities and differences. The journey's mystery lies in the scene; it is one down a river by boat, deep in the jungle. The jungle populated mainly with wild animals and a few natives. The reason for the expedition is to search for a sick man named Kurtz, who is followed by the natives and his men from their previous mission. In the Heart of Darkness, the journey to find Kurtz, who is an ivory trader who has gone too

deep into the jungles of Africa in search of ivory, while in Apocalypse Now, Kurtz is a

high-ranking officer in the military who has disobeyed orders and is now fighting the

Vietnam war in Cambodia with his unit in his own fashion.

The protagonists in both the

novel and the movie go through various changes while on their mission to find Kurtz.

For example, Marlow who is the rookie captain of a ship, slowly begins to envision

Kurtz as an immortal figure. In the movie, Williard's state of mind ranges from being a

demented soldier to a crazed assassin. Although they are on the same mission, Marlow

and Willard face terribly different factors that affect their journey.

Since Heart of Darkness was based in the 1980's, Marlow experiences many things due

to the lack of modern technologies. For example, a damaged steamer delays...