We Can Write Custom Essays on “Heart of Darkness” and “Apocalypse Now” for You! A focus is made on another main character – Kurtz. There’s no other possibility for the reader to imagine his character as only from others’ descriptions, as he never presents his character himself, he is somewhat presented in some minor characters also. If to judge his actions objectively – they do present the enterprise of colonization. To Marlowe Kurtz is represented by some African clerk: “… a very remarkable person…”(p37). This description was given in the first chapter and it doesn’t really coincide with those of manager and his nephew: “pestilential fellow…” (p.57). In the final chapter Kurtz’s madness is contrasted clearly through: “Nevertheless, I think Mr. Kurtz is a remarkable man,” I said with emphasis. He started, dropped on me a cold heavy glance, said very quietly, “He was,” and turned his back on me.” (p.101).
Kurtz’s madness remains without motivation, as the reader is still not aware of his inner character, and even his final response to the Marlowe’s question: “Do you know what you are doing? ” I whispered. “Perfectly,” he answered… (p.106). The readers are not given any kind of justification or revealing explanation as for the Kurtz’s actions and colonization itself, which he is supposed to embody. Within the whole novel all the events, ideas and places are characterized with two images: light and darkness. It is of course a metaphor, used to present knowledge and civility with light and mystery and savagery with darkness. As Marlow goes deeper and deeper into the jungles, his attitudes change, he remarks: “I’ve seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire; but, by all the stars! These were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils, that swayed and drove men – men, I tell you.
But as I stood on the hillside, I foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of that land I would become acquainted with a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil of a rapacious and pitiless folly. How insidious he could be, too, I was only to find out several months later”. This idea is of course reflected in the title of the story. The heart of darkness symbolizes Marlow’s journey into the discovery of truth and means more than just wild madness of the Congo. When Marlow himself is describing Kurtz, he says: “The wilderness had found him out early, and had taken on him a terrible vengeance for the fantastic invasion. I think it had whispered to him things about himself which he did not know things of which he had no conception till he took counsel with this great solitude and the whisper had proved irresistibly fascinating. It echoed loudly within him because he was hollow at the core.” (p.74).
Conrad in his Heart of Darkness presents the contrast between civilization and primitives, which he tries to use to explore the human self. On a symbolic level the word “heart” could mean first of all life and emotion, but also some place of central importance. There’s the same conflict between good and evil, between rational and irrational in human’s heart if depicted in the film by Coppola Apocalypse Now. The film’s story was of course indirectly inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella. The film is about the US Army assassin’s mission, also a kind of mental and physical journey, which reflects the reality of the Vietnam conflict. This film was called a brilliant evocation of the madness and horrors of war. The film was nominated for 8 Academic rewards, but got only 2: Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro) and Best Sound. The film presents some on the one hand lyrical and slow-moving, and on the other hand brutal and destructive combination of events of war in Vietnam.
Traditional opening credits and titles are avoided and the title of the film we can see as graffiti towards the end of the film in the complex presided over by Kurtz. The whole film seems to be a hallucination of the Vietnam War. One of the hardest moments of the film is when helicopter attack on a Vietnam village. It was led by Col. Kilgore and swoop down on a yard with schoolchildren, with the music “Ride of the Valkyries” playing through loudspeakers. The actor ( Robert Duvall) got an Oscar for his performance and his bright words: “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”. There’s also another scene, when the patrol boat stops a fishing boat with a family on board. When a little girl made an attempt to run after her puppy, fire was opened and the whole family was shot, only the mother was not quite dead. The boat chief wanted to provide her a medical help, but Williard shot her, he could not let anything delay his mission.