Joseph Conrad once wrote, the individual awareness was destined to maintain total contradiction to its physical and moral environment (Watt 78); the validity of his assertion can be reflected in the physiological and psychological adjustments that the heroes in both his Heart and soul of Darkness and Coppola s Apocalypse Nowadays undergo because they travel up their particular rivers, the Congo and the Nung. Each quest up the tropical river is normally symbolic of a voyage of discovery in to the dark heart of gentleman, and an face with his convenience of evil (Phillips 149). In that voyage the individuals regress with their basic instincts because they assimilate themselves into an alien environment with its primeval dangers (Boyle 96). In Heart and soul of Darkness, increasing the river is described to end up like:
travelling back to the initial beginnings of the environment, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees had been kings. A clear stream, an excellent silence, and impenetrable forest (Conrad 55).
The river, one which resemble[s] an immense snake uncoiled using its tail lost in the depths of the territory (Conrad 11), is risky, dark, mysterious, treacherous, [and] concealed (Karl 32). When the people are unable to withstand the many temptations along this passage they helplessly promote their souls to corruption. In both book and the movie, the many events along every individual journey help illustrate not merely the physical deterioration of the surroundings and the characters health but also the emotional degradation of the characters conscience and awareness.
In both Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Today, the many dramatic shifts in