Brutality and Disillusionment in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now

Individuals have the capacity for brutality and disillusionment in the desperate pursuit for power in human nature. Humanity has the potential to adopt methods of hypocrisy and dishonesty leading to an atavistic descent into brutality, or conversely discover a concealed truth, leading to disillusionment about the nature of humankind. This capability to transcend the limitations … Read moreBrutality and Disillusionment in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now

The Moral Ambiguity of Kurtz in “Heart of Darkness” and “Apocalypse Now”

Marlon Brando gets no more than eighteen minutes of screen time in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, but his performance goes down as one of the most legendary in cinematic history. His portrayal of the Colonel Kurtz painted a dark picture of a tribal leader gone mad. Similarly, Kurtz in the book “Heart of Darkness” … Read moreThe Moral Ambiguity of Kurtz in “Heart of Darkness” and “Apocalypse Now”

Apocalypse Now – Cold War Perspectives

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film Apocalypse Now sustains a derogative perspective on the state of war and its corruptive influence. Set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, the action and narrative present the post-World War II era as a morally confused, hypocritical, and corrupt period, specifically as the film’s antagonist Colonel Kurtz illuminates moral subjectivity, … Read moreApocalypse Now – Cold War Perspectives

After the Bomb – a study into the mindset of the Cold War Era

After the chaos of the atomic bomb and the carnage of World War II, precedence was placed on government constructs to supply order to a tense climate, particularly in finding direction in a new ‘East versus West’ conflict. In John Le Carre’s mid-twentieth century novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, the propagated … Read moreAfter the Bomb – a study into the mindset of the Cold War Era

Rationalizing the Fear Within

Both The Things They Carried and Apocalypse Now explore the trauma of the Vietnam War and its influence on soldiers’ fears. Similar characters appear in both works, their identities crafted to represent different aspects of human nature. The protagonists, Captain Willard and Tim O’Brien, tell frame stories through their own points of view, giving the … Read moreRationalizing the Fear Within

The Use of Lighting in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Following the journey of a man traveling through a river on a mission to kill an insane Colonel Kurtz, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now consist of very similar storylines. With many of the same quotes, character names, and symbols, there are numerous parallels between the two works. However, Apocalypse … Read moreThe Use of Lighting in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Perspectives in Apocalypse Now and The Sorrow of War: One War, Many Stories

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now, a loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness, shows American MACV-SOG Captain Benjamin Willard’s journey in terminating rogue U.S. colonel Walter Kurtz. Bao Ninh’s 1993 novel The Sorrow of War is a fictional account of the life of a North Vietnamese soldier named Kien, … Read morePerspectives in Apocalypse Now and The Sorrow of War: One War, Many Stories