Apocalypse Now Vs Heart Of Da Essay

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Apocalypse Now Vs. Heart Of Da Essay, Research Paper Francis Coppola s Apocalypse Now dramatically displays a variety of the shocking, devastating, and bizarre emotions experienced by victims of the Vietnam War. Viewers are able to feel the horror and madness of the war as eccentric images of Hell repeat themselves upon Captain Willard s arrival to Kurtz s station. As Willard reaches his destination, the evidence of insanity grows as the presence of Natives present themselves awkward to the audience and to the actors. In connection to the novel Heart of Darkness, this Hollywood production revives the enigma of Willard s mission using effective sound effects, images and props. Apocalypse Now adequately recaptures the horror, madness, sensuousness and the moral dilemmas

displayed in Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness in a visually appeasing way. Images of horror and madness greet Captain Willard as he approaches Kurtz s station. The eerie tribal dance performed by one of the soldiers on board the boat foreshadows the madness and horror of what is to come. The half-naked natives seen standing in war canoes are as silent as the jungle. It is the type of silence that could make one go insane. Madness is everywhere. The natives run at the sound of the siren which, like the native s cry, arose with terrifying shrillness that pierced the still air like a sharp arrow flying straight to the very heart of the land (Conrad, 100). As the natives ran, the bushes shook, the grass swayed for a time, and then everything stood still in attentive immobility.

(Conrad, 100). Again, a sense of madness is displayed as the actors and audiences question the purpose of the natives silent stare. For the same purpose, Francis Coppola has them silently come up from the ground (Conrad, 100) to take Willard hostage. It is as if the natives are dead souls reaching out to drag Willard into their circle of death. The horrid images of dead bodies hanging naked from trees parallel to the symbolic (Conrad, 97) heads that Marlow sees at the station. They add to the feel of death, horror and Hell as the place was full of bodies (Willard). Kurtz s madness is everywhere: he threatens to kill the fools (Journalist/Russian) over a minor issue. To further illustrate this, the Journalist says: Sometimes if you say hello to him (Kurtz), he ll walk right by ya.

He won t even notice you and suddenly he ll grab you and throw you in a corner and say, Did you know that if is the middle word in life… (Journalist). Captain Willard s arrival to Kurtz s station contains a variety of grotesque images that illustrates the horror and madness evident in Heart of Darkness. In addition to these images, special effects also add to the feel of insanity. Filmmakers use a variety of special effects such as music and props to stimulate the senses of his or her audience. The overwhelming silence that engulfs the station is disturbing. The natives are silent in the canoes and in the jungle; as they watch Willard and his crew wait for Kurtz s return, and as they follow Willard around. The only sound to be heard for is the steady beat of native drums that

Marlow mistakes for the beating of (his) heart (Conrad, 110). It is accompanied by soft, hypnotic music to make the audience feel the madness of the heart. Similarly, the prolonged stillness is enough to make the audience feel slightly insane. The thick fog (Conrad, 71) that Marlow encounters are seen as yellow and red in the film colors of fire and Hell. The trees and bushes are dark under the shadows, illustrating the dark-faced and pensive forest (Conrad, 100). The station is a somber place: a dead man is cut from a tree and falls into the river; fog and rain invades the jungle and tall trees hovers over the land like kings (Conrad, 55). Senselessness is felt as a soldier is seen wearing a leaf on his head and as the journalist is seen carrying a ridiculous amount of bags and