Comparing Spec Ops And Heart Of Darkness

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In Yager Development’s Spec Ops: The Line, Walker is the captain and protagonist of a platoon as he is trying to recon an abandoned Dubai, who is under the Colonel named John Konrad. In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Marlow is a protagonist and is sent to find a highly reputable man named Kurtz. The author is trying to convey that isolation slowly strips away of your humanity, until nothing is left. This game, and Heart of Darkness, share many parallels. For one, you can draw similarities about the leaders. Replace Konrad with Kurtz, what do you have? A foreign leader who leads natives of a land and simply disappears. Another example would be how both protagonists are shocked when they find out what has become of Konrad and Kurtz. Because in Heart of Darkness Kurtz is told from employees that he is a remarkable and one of the best workers they hired. Same as in The Line, Walker has a good background with the colonel and he believes the Colonel is still alive due to the Colonel radioing Walker often. But both Walker and Marlow find out that the person they suspected to be so humane is actually quite the opposite. Kurtz was now a “savage” and…show more content…
They are no longer able to distinguish between good and evil, until they are left wondering if there is any difference at all. Another parallel would be that in the beginnings of both stories, both protagonists have a good idea of who they are, Marlow being a successful, white, explorer, same with Walker, but a soldier. The unique places that they travel to mess up their normal values and you begin to wonder if Kurtz is that different from Marlow. A certain quote by Rob Schultheis helps here, “... there's a silent voice in the wilderness that we hear only when no one else is around. When you go far, far beyond, out across the netherlands of the Known, the din of human static slowly fades away, over and

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