Motorcycle Diaries Response

Motorcycle Diaries Response - to assume a liberal and...

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This week I watched “The Motorcycle Diaries” which tells the story of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s journey through South America that helped to shape his Marxist revolutionary philosophy. Before leaving on the trip with his friend Alberto, Guevara was a medical student who specialized in leprosy. The purpose of this trip was to see different parts of South America, volunteer at a leper colony, and spend Alberto’s 30 th birthday in Venezuela. Throughout the journey, the two encountered various people affected by the capitalist influences prevalent in Latin America at that time. Although the pair’s motorcycle breaks down relatively early in the trip, they continue toward their final destination on foot, often spending the night with peasants and workers. It was these interactions with downtrodden and exploited members of society that motivated Guevara
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Unformatted text preview: to assume a liberal and eventually Marxist philosophy. The two eventually reached the leper colony on the Amazon where Guevara changed many of the residents and workers views of the disease with his acts of kindness toward the patients. After watching this movie, I understand Guevara’s motivations for becoming a revolutionary much more clearly. While I don’t agree with his Marxist philosophy, I respect him for doing something to end the injustice and exploitation he witnessed firsthand on his journey. I was really moved by the pairs interaction with the couple en route to the mine for work, and wonder if they were allowed to farm in a regulated, fair market, would they still have become communists?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2010 for the course HIST 095 taught by Professor J.moore during the Summer '09 term at Vermont.

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