Ernesto Guevara Iconic Status

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Ernesto Guevara Iconic Status

Aged twenty-four, Ernesto Guevara pens a regular letter home to

Rosario, Argentina from his flat in Mexico. It concludes: "Things are

moving with tremendous speed and no one can know, or predict, where or

for what reason one will be next year"[1]. This, perhaps, is one

indication of the mans legendary appeal - not as a hero of socialism

or political ideologist, but as a free-spirited and non-fictitious

adventurer. After all, how many of us could end our letters with the

same thrilling poignancy, at any age? Further still, how many of us

manage to more then dream of exploring the sprawling sceneries of our

home-land as Guevara did in 1951 (from Buenos Aires to Venezuela)?

Those of us outside Cuba who accept the commercialization of Guevara's

legacy, in purchasing any of the posters, t-shirts or "Revolucion"

Swatch watches his dashing image adorns, are unlikely to be linked by

communist sympathy, revolutionary intention or anti-American

sentiment. More likely, it will be a fondness for the broader ideals

his face has came to encapsulate - equality, strength, moral

perfection and endless self-improvement. It is no doubt that today,

thirty-six years after his death, Che Guevara has became half

political legend, half pop-culture commodity and a complete,

world-wide icon. Yet Jean-Paul Sartre's comment - that 'his

(Guevara's) life is the story of our era's most perfect man' - fails

to consider the scale of Guevara's imperfections. Ernesto Guevara the

neglectful family man, who became a Father on Valentines Day 1956 yet

left by June to face likely death in the Cuban jungles. Ernesto

Guevara the Latin-America...

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...Life and Death of Che Guevara, " by Jorge G. Castaneda


[1] 'Che Guevara A Revolutionary Life' Jon Lee Anderson

[2] 'Return Of The Rebel' Newsweek July21st 1997, Brook Lamer

[3] 'Return Of The Rebel' Newsweek July21st 1997, Brook Lamer

[4] 'Che Guevara A Revolutionary Life' Jon Lee Anderson

[5] 'The Motorcycle Diaries' Che Guevara

[6] Review of the Motorcycle Diaries The Scotsman

[7] 'Che Guevara A Revolutionary Life' Jon Lee Anderson

[8] 'Che Guevara A Revolutionary Life' Jon Lee Anderson

[9] 'Che Guevara A Revolutionary Life' Jon Lee Anderson

[10] 'Global Justice: Liberation & Socialism' Che Guevara

[11] 'History At Source - The Cold War' E G Rayner

[12] 'Compacero: The Life And Death Of Che Guevara' Jorge G Castaneda

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that to tour the poverty line of his nation is an admirable act in its own.
  • Opines that the events in cuba between 1956 and 1959 were the catalysts for the cuban crisis.
  • Explains that to meet had gone ahead and began an attack on the near-by town.
  • Describes the other people he met on a heroic week long journey to the sierra.
  • Describes the reasons why rugby was accepted as a team member.
  • Concludes the problem by shooting him with a.32 pistol in the right.
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