History Literature / HeartOfDarkness

21st Oct '16 4:43:40 AM MCanter89
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In 1979, the novel finally got a film adaptation in the form of the legendary ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. It's a loose adaptation with the story taking place in Vietnam during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, with Kurtz being an American Colonel gone rogue and Marlow (renamed "Willard") being the soldier in charge of taking him down, but otherwise stays true to the novel's focus on the seemingly inherent evil present in humanity. Eleanor Coppola, wife of Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, later made a behind the scenes documentary chronicling the film's infamous TroubledProduction. The documentary is named, appropriately enough, ''Hearts of Darkness''.

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In 1979, the novel finally got a film adaptation in the form of the legendary ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. It's a loose adaptation with the story taking place in Vietnam during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, with Kurtz being an American Colonel gone rogue and Marlow (renamed "Willard") being the soldier in charge of taking him down, but otherwise stays true to the novel's focus on the seemingly inherent evil present in humanity. Eleanor Coppola, wife of Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, later made a behind the scenes behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the film's infamous TroubledProduction. The documentary is named, appropriately enough, ''Hearts of Darkness''.
21st Oct '16 4:42:15 AM MCanter89
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In 1979, the novel finally got a film adaptation in the form of the legendary ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. It's a loose adaptation with the story taking place in Vietnam during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, with Kurtz being an American Colonel gone rogue and Marlow (renamed "Willard") being the soldier in charge of taking him down, but otherwise stays true to the novel's focus on the seemingly inherent evil present in humanity. Eleanor Coppola, wife of FrancisCoppola, later made a behind the scenes documentary chronicling the film's infamous TroubledProduction. The documentary is named, appropriately enough, ''Hearts of Darkness''.

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In 1979, the novel finally got a film adaptation in the form of the legendary ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. It's a loose adaptation with the story taking place in Vietnam during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, with Kurtz being an American Colonel gone rogue and Marlow (renamed "Willard") being the soldier in charge of taking him down, but otherwise stays true to the novel's focus on the seemingly inherent evil present in humanity. Eleanor Coppola, wife of FrancisCoppola, Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, later made a behind the scenes documentary chronicling the film's infamous TroubledProduction. The documentary is named, appropriately enough, ''Hearts of Darkness''.



17th Sep '16 11:57:24 AM jamespolk
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* EvilColonialist: All the Belgians committing unspeakable atrocities in the Congo. Kurtz isn't that much worse than the rest.
21st Aug '16 9:29:06 PM Ploopyandproud
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* HumanSacrifice: The "unspeakable rites" that Kurtz takes part in are suggested to be this, although Marlow isn't explicit about it.
23rd Jun '16 11:39:03 PM PaulA
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* AntiHero: Marlow.



* DarkestAfrica: Marlow subverts the trope by telling his audience that "this also...has been one of the dark places of the earth," referring to Britain. The ancient Romans, he says, must have regarded Britain as a "savage" land where colonists had to be "men enough to face the darkness".

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* DarkestAfrica: ''Heart of Darkness'' codifies and partly names it. Marlow subverts the trope by telling his audience that "this also...has been one of the dark places of the earth," referring to Britain. The ancient Romans, he says, must have regarded Britain as a "savage" land where colonists had to be "men enough to face the darkness". While it was seen then and now as an anti-colonialist book, author Creator/ChinuaAchebe criticized Conrad for using Africa as a background to project the VillainousBreakdown of a European man while portraying Africans as a stereotypical "other".



* GoneMadFromTheRevelation: Kurtz's reaction to the jungle, and to the darkness it has revealed within himself, definitely qualifies.

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* GoneMadFromTheRevelation: GoMadFromTheRevelation: Kurtz's reaction to the jungle, and to the darkness it has revealed within himself, definitely qualifies. himself.
27th Feb '16 6:21:55 AM Lusketrollet
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* MightyWhitey: Subverted. In spades.
22nd Feb '16 6:08:34 PM MasoTey
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* StartOfDarkness: Marlow, who has claimed that he detests lies, lies to the Brickmaker to help Kurtz (whom he didn't even know), but then feels regret and realizes that he's not different from the 'Pilgrims'. At the end, however, he notices that nothing bad happened after he deceived Kurtz's fiancee, after all...
29th Jan '16 7:56:27 AM ComingSecond
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** As well as [[NobleSavage incredibly tolerant]], given the Company doesn't pay or even feed them. Marlow himself cannot fathom why they don't revolt and eat the crew, given they are slowly starving the entire time.
3rd Jan '16 3:20:47 PM SantosLHalper
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The novella went on to inspire or serve as the [[Film/ApocalypseNow base]] [[VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine of]] [[Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod countless]] [[VideoGame/FarCry2 other]] [[Literature/ThingsFallApart works]], and has long been held as the archetypal anti-colonialist novel for its harsh depictions of the exploitative "grab for Africa" policies used by European powers.

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The novella went on to inspire or serve as the [[Film/ApocalypseNow base]] [[VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine of]] [[Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod countless]] [[VideoGame/FarCry2 other]] [[Literature/ThingsFallApart works]], and has long been held as the archetypal anti-colonialist novel for its harsh depictions of the exploitative "grab "Scramble for Africa" policies used by European powers.of the late 19th century.
6th Dec '15 5:44:30 AM JakesBrain
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-->To tear treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire, with no more moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into a safe.
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