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PostSubject: Apocalypse Now Essay- The end is near   Tue May 12, 2009 1:03 pm

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078788/soundtrack

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_(The_Doors_song)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ride_of_the_Valkyries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_of_a_Down

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(I_Can't_Get_No)_Satisfaction

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfin'_Safari

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt0xxAMTp8M

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/oct/17/1

http://www.lightsleepercinemag.com/reviews/apocalypsenowworkprint.php

Apocalypse Now
The music of Apocalypse Now has more of a background then to just set the mood. The Rolling Stones’ song, ‘I can’t get no Satisfaction’ relates to the movie with the amounts of commercialism that the band saw and wrote about then the commercialism that was within the movie. Ride of Valkyries has become a classic song for the song with the

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PostSubject: Apocalypse Now Essay- The end is nea   Thu May 28, 2009 7:04 am

The Morals of Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now takes place during the Vietnam War, a time when most soldiers do not truly know what they are fighting for. The war affects the soldiers by the horrors and the choices they have to make. Captain Willard played by Martin Sheen, is a young Captain forced to move past all that he feels is right or wrong and to just complete his mission. He has to kill his fellow officer, Colonel Kurtz played by Marlon Brando. The movie shows the horrors of war and the affect it has on the combatants and the moral issues that soldiers had to follow under these extraordinary circumstances.

The horrors of war affected the soldiers by forcing them to choose between right and wrong. Captain Willard had to choose when he was given the order to kill Kurtz. The idea of killing Kurtz does not seem completely insane when he is first given the orders but as he gets deeper and deeper into it, he has trouble figuring if it was right or not. He can not kill Kurtz because he does not feel its right. Although the right thing is to let him live, it is also the wrong thing to do because he will be disobeying his superiors. Along the way he meets a photographer played by Dennis Hopper; who has been following Kurtz long enough to know the philosophy behind Kurtz. Willard does not listen to him until he is locked in a jail like cell and forced to; it is then that he begins to see Kurtz as something more then a target. The photographer tells him that he was in the same place as him and had to choose between something that was morally incorrect or something that would work and help him to defeat his enemies. Kurtz’s followers have this deep feeling for him. They are not soldiers of war but the natives of the area and they are willing to do anything for him. They believe in him and the idea of throwing out moral values. The horrors that Willard faces along the way to finding Kurtz changes his beliefs and in the end he chooses his own path and does not kill Kurtz, something that he did not believe to be morally wrong.

The movie, Apocalypse Now, is a Vietnam War movie and because of that, they are able to use a time period when soldiers weren’t sure what they were fighting for. The horrors of war deeply affected the soldiers like Captain Willard. When he is given a mission to kill a fellow soldier, he is torn between doing the right thing and following orders or doing the wrong thing and letting Colonel Kurtz live. The movie showed these extreme circumstances that the soldiers were put in and the moral issues they had to figure out within seconds.

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