HOD comparison Essay

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HOD comparison

Heart of Darkness, a novel by Joseph Conrad, and Apocalypse Now, a movie by Francis Ford
Coppola can be compared and contrasted in many ways. By focusing on their endings and on
the character of Kurtz, contrasting the meanings of the horror in each media emerges. In
the novel the horror reflects Kurtz tragedy of transforming into a ruthless animal whereas
in the film the horror has more of a definite meaning, reflecting the war and all the
barbaric fighting that is going on.

Conrad's Heart of Darkness, deals with the account of Marlow, a narrator of a journey up
the Congo River into the heart of Africa, into the jungle, his ultimate destination.
Marlow is commissioned as an ivory agent and is sent to ivory stations along the river.
Marlow is told that when he arrives at the inner station he is to bring back information
about Kurtz, the basis of this comparison and contrast in this paper, who is the great
ivory agent, and who is said to be sick. As Marlow proceeds away to the inner station "to
the heart of the mighty big river…. resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head
in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country and its tail lost in the
depths of the land" (Dorall 303), he hears rumors of Kurtz's unusual behavior of killing
the Africans. The behavior fascinates him, especially when he sees it first hand: "and
there it was black, dried, sunken, with closed eyelids- a head that seemed to sleep at the
top of that pole, and with the shrunken dry lips showing a narrow white line of the teeth,
was smiling too, smiling continuously at some endless and jocose dream of that eternal
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