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Apocalypse Now Character Analysis

Army Captain Willard is a largely passive character. In fact, Martin Sheen replaced Harvey Keitel in the role after Coppola decided Keitel seemed like too active a screen presence. Sheen brings a more muted presence to the film than the forceful Keitel and, as a result, is more compelling as the audience’s guide into Vietnam. Willard’s primary action is to kill Kurtz. He spends the rest of the film watching intently and internalizing what goes on in the jungle. In his narration, Willard points out the disturbing ironies of war and attempts to insert a faint notion of morality. As he becomes more alert to the absurdities of war and the darkness of human nature, so do we. Nevertheless, we ...

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a state of dementia induced by alcohol and a sense of alienation from the civilized world. When the scene was shot, Sheen actually was drunk and insisted the cameras keep rolling, even after he bloodied his first by accidentally punching the mirror. Thus, from the opening scene Sheen portrays Willard as a man changed irreversibly by war. He managed to leave it physically but could not free his mind. Now he is back, abandoning all ideas of home, resigned to and eager for a return to combat.
Willard’s behavior is at times infuriatingly passive. He takes the mission—“what the hell else was I gonna do?”—and stays out of events that do not affect that mission directly. He interacts with the PBR crew only minimally. He finds Kilgore and goes along with Kilgore’s mass mayhem. He observes the Playmates’ show with amusement, barely participating. Most of Willard’s time on the river is spent reviewing Kurtz’s dossier, understanding and relating to his target more and more. The only ...

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Added: 6/9/2011 10:44:04 AM
Submitted By: beegemgeege
Category: Film & Theater
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