Comparison and Contrast Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness

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…are subject to the fundamental darkness of the wilderness in the same way. As Conrad uses diction and choice of detail to characterize the Russian, so does Coppola use the dialogue and costuming to similarly characterize the American. Both, in the end, create an absurd, out-of-place character who been conquered by Kurtz. In effect, they show that not every Western man becomes a great devil when exposed to the darkness; some only become little imps.