The Motorcycle Diaries And Ernesto Guevara's Experiences

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For humans, discoveries form the basic fabric of life, weaving every experience into an interconnected web of actions, reactions and realisations. Despite their ubiquity, there is no other time in life when discoveries are more frequent and more provocative than in the formative years of youth and early adulthood. Both Ernesto Guevara’s travel memoir The Motorcycle Diaries (published in English in 1995) and André Aciman’s poignant Bildungsroman Call Me By Your Name (2007) examine discovery as a process of realisation derived from individual observation and speculation. Although these contextually divergent stories chronicle realisations of disparate scopes and natures, their depictions of discovery as the convergence of examination, reflection and realisation prove equally meaningful. All discoveries begin with an individual’s observation of their interactions with their world, no matter if such interactions are of a political or a personal nature. In The Motorcycle Diaries, a young Ernesto provides detailed and empathetic accounts of his personal experiences of poverty and disadvantage among the people of Latin America. A notable aspect of his experiences is hunger, serving as his “daily companion” and a sustained motif of the memoir as young Ernesto experiences the common life of the struggling inhabitants of his continent. Guevara describes his famished nights as being possessed by a figurative monster, a “strange animal” residing deep within his body and soul. Even
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