Friday, February 22, 2019
The Motorcycle Diaries
It is an irony that the guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, whiz of the close to intriguing figures of Latin the States, has come to be immortalized as an photo of popular culturea pin-up, poster boy of sorts that lends face to the fabricate Che shirts and pins. This massive appeal, however, needs to be rooted in the context of what prompted him to sustain a revolutionary, to a time before he in like mannerk up coat of arms and became a legend. Retracing such travel guidebook to a decisive era in Guevaras early life is the book The ride Diaries A expedition about randomness America.The Motorcycle Diaries A Journey Around southerly America is the memoir of twenty-three year-old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna when he embarked upon a travel across southernmost America with his older protagonist Rodrigo Granado. In search for fun and adventure, theirs is a rather grand route that spans genus Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Peruvian Amazon, Colombia and Venezuela. The two start out aboard a walk 1939 Norton 500 motorcycle they named La Poderosa (The Mighty One) which eventu everyy crashes on the modality and forces them to travel on foot.Chronological entries in The Motorcycle Diaries detail Ernestos narrative of the eight-month jaunt, in which they initially wanted to seek bourgeois pleasures standardised getting drunk and getting laid. Early on, they pose as Argentine leprosy doctors in order to gain accommodations and hospitable treatment from local folks. more(prenominal)over on the road, Ernesto and Alberto share a series of youthful misadventures, at times committing scams to get themselves by. In an event, Ernesto tries to work as a fireman provided sleeps out on the sounding fire alarm so that the construct on fire burns down.Even if the diaries present the characters bawdy behavior, it more importantly accounts for a great discovery that only such move can offer them. As they themselves experience poverty and come opposite wit h indigent townsfolk, nameless people whose living conditions sharply contrast the plush-like lifestyle they were born into, their view of the world changes. Incidents in the diaries concretely talk of these encounters with social damage. When Ernesto sees a tuberculosis-stricken woman in her death bed, he realizes how distressing the public health system is. When he tours a copper mine (which has taken lives of miners), he discovers how laborers are famished and unfairly treated.Throughout the trip, not only does Ernesto stumble upon the endemic poverty and subjugation of the peoples across South America. He is also able to make his stand regarding a merged Latin America. A passage in the The Motorcycle Diaries readsAlthough we are too insignificant to be a spokesman for such a noble cause, we believe, and this journey has only served to confirm this belief, that the division of America into unstable and illusory nations is a complete fiction. We are one single mestizo race wi th unusual ethnographical similarities, from Mexico down to the Magellan straits. And so, in an attempt to break free from an all narrow-minded provincialism, I propose a toast to Peru and United America.From non-homogeneous South American sights running parallel to each another(prenominal), Ernesto sees his ideal of Pan-American trade union which he would later brace politically. He maintains that since all of Latin America share a common experience and long history of oppression, therefore should they have an integrated movement towards their liberation. (Later in his life, Ernesto demonstrated how he lived up to this ideal, touring across the continent to unite different guerrilla units and revolutionary forces in different countries.)What was originally meant to be a journey for fun and adventure turned out to be the provocation necessary to make a revolutionary. Immersion and encounters with workers being laid-off and fighting for jobs, starving farmers, and other vestiges of feudalistic rule on agricultural communities make only a hardly a(prenominal) threads weaving the larger story of oppression that proved sinewy enough to catapult individuals like Ernesto Guevara to the fray.These experiences caused such indignation in Ernesto, send him to become the revolutionary who changed the history of South America. Both Alberto (who came back to Argentina to pursue medicine and dedicate his practice for the poor) and Ernesto show that the occasions they saw from their journey are hard truthsrealities often obscured to the upper economic classes but inescapable realities nevertheless, needing to be dealt with actions more forceful than charity. The characters of The Motorcycle Diaries are a will that revolutionaries are made, not born.The life-changing theme that prevails in The Motorcycle Diaries is conveyed by other allegories pertaining to the characters awakening. For instance, the river separating the leper colony to the medical staffs island symb olizes the gap amidst the in good order and the oppressed. Ernestos act of dissolving this symbolic divide is a forecasting to the way he would later take in his life.Ernestos Diaries is pen with such vividness and animation, and is punctuated with a range of ordinary human emotions, from roguery and vulgarity to a sense of righteousness and justice. He states even his most roguish actions in a matter-of-fact tone that you would think of shooter a puma in the dark of the night (which turns out to be a neighbors dog) as if it is the most natural thing to do. Even if Ernesto writes The Motorcycle Diaries from his own viewpoint, it does not render him heroically larger-than-life.In 2004, a film bearing the same title was made entrap on the book. There are minor deviations from the book to account for, especially the omission of several interesting incidents (like shooting of the puma and sneaking in spite of appearance a shipment of melons, etc.). The film also romanticizes th e love angle between Ernesto and his fiance, which, in the diaries, does not appear to be such a highlight. disrespect these, however, the film is still quite able to introduce the essence of the write memoirs to those who have not read them yet.The Motorcycle Diaries A Journey Around South America has written down how witnessing concrete forms of social injustice could change a persons worldview and awaken him from his ignorance and unconscious indifference. At least for the man who later became the revolutionary Che Guevara, the journey even served to evoke his future actions in defiance of the prevailing system he found oppressive.The catchphrase Before he changed the world, the world changed him (promoting the film version of The Motorcycle Diaries) speaks truthfully of the bereted man we see ubiquitously as a pop icon. In turn, the book speaks of demystifying the face behind the shirt and the poster and understanding, from his beginnings, the persona who the powers-that-be, for so long, have come to vilify.Guevara, Che, The Motorcycle Diaries A Journey Around South America.October 1996. New York Verso.