Please compare rising action of plot of Heart of Darkness with Apocalypse Now, and find a minimum of three differences.Heart of Darkness - novelette by Joseph Conrad Apocalypse Now - film directed...

Please compare rising action of plot of Heart of Darkness with Apocalypse Now, and find a minimum of three differences.

Heart of Darkness - novelette by Joseph Conrad

Apocalypse Now - film directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

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In Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the main character, Marlow, is an experienced sailor who is instructed by the company for which he works to travel up the Congo River, into the depths of Africa. His instructions are to bring back a man named Kurtz. Kurtz has the reputation of being the most successful of the company's employees to obtain and ship back the largest amounts of ivory, which is the focus of this "ivory trading company." Marlow makes his journey, finally catching up with Kurtz. The setting of the story is fearful and unfamiliar to Marlow, but he and his crew are able to carry out the task at hand.

In Apocalypse Now, the main character is Captain Willard who has been asked as a part of a "black ops" mission to travel into Cambodia to kill an insane officer (once considered one of the most promising soldiers in the service) by the name of Kurtz. The "company" here is the U.S. government and military. The mission is a secret one that does not really "exist." The film is set in the middle of a war zone.

Similarities to Apocalypse Now are: Marlow and Willard have been asked to find someone in a remote area. They have been "hired" to do so. The character of Kurtz in both stories is insane. Kurtz, in both stories, has embraced the lifestyle of the culture which he has become a part of. At the end of both stories, Kurtz dies.

Differences between the two stories are as follows. Marlowe is a ship's captain, a sailor, who works for a private company, and seems to have his head on his shoulders. Willard is a drunken, "detached" soldier who has been recruited for a mission by the U.S. government and the military.

Marlowe is asked to bring Kurtz back from the jungle; Willard is instructed to kill Kurtz.

Heart of Darkness is set, for the most part, on the Congo River and in the jungles of Africa, starting out from the Thames River in England, probably at the end of the nineteenth century.

Apocalypse Now is set in the jungles of Vietnam as Willard travels through Cambodia, in the 1960s during the Vietnam War.

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