Ernesto ”Che” Guevara
“An apostle of the Immaculate Revolution"
A judicious evaluation of the legacy left by Che in the radical ideas and political behaviour of Latin America.
"Podran cortar las flores, pero no detendran la primavera."
"You may cut the flowers, but it will not stop the spring."
(Popular Latin American proverb)
The very intention of mine is to provide the reader with concise, plausible yet entertaining account of Ernesto Guevara’s immense influence of Latin American political movements. Moreover, I will attempt to get behind his legend and try to find the reasons as to why he appealed and still does to ...view middle of the document...
Che was born in 1928 in Rosario, Argentina and when he was only eight weeks old he experienced his first asthmatic attack, which was to be his burden throughout his life, yet it had enormous impact in shaping him! It could be argued that had he been born without asthma, his life could have gone towards very different azimuths... Being asthmatic meant he did not have a normal childhood, quite often being forced to stay at home. Therefore Che in order to fill his spare time had embarked upon reading everything, from London, Freud or Neruda to Sartre and Marx... As Anderson (1997) points “these pursuits (...) reminded with him for life, and he later credited his periods of childhood quarantine with helping to bring about his love of reading”. Likewise his physical fragility developed his strong will and desire for competing and proving himself, thus it was a frequent to see him playing rugby or hiking constantly equipped with inhalator... It appears it had given him strength and toughness which turned to be priceless over next years. It can be claimed it was then when Guevara’s (moral) absolutism started to emerge. Only to confirm this argument, one could cite Domoslawski (2004): “Psychoanalysis claims that asthmatics tend to find it difficult to connect contradictory emotions and desires and therefore in order to deal with it the asthmatics escape into the world of radical judgments.” Now, one should step back and look upon Che, as this lack of ambivalence is more than vivid. He did not see the world as a nexus of contradictories and often hypocritical interrelations... For him it was either white or black... Socialism or death! This absolutism of his was to be the prime feature that made people adore and follow him. Nonetheless, the crucial moment was to be in Guatemalan when he saw American backed forces overthrowing Arbenz. As Selvage (April 1985) comments: Ernesto's commitment to social change advanced to a more radical level after his visit to Guatemala in early 1954. In his own words, "I was born in Argentina, I fought in Cuba, and I began to be a revolutionary in Guatemala. The rest of the story is well known and shall be not explored in the course of this study as it would be irrelevant.
Though I made some loose suggestions in previous section, it is time I drew some serious arguments. Every epoch, continent and country at some point gave the World individuals who were capable of making their dreams come true and in so doing, making peoples follow them. Latin America gave us Ernesto Guevara, whose impact was and still is unprecedented in its scale and magnitude. It seems to me that behind his phenomenon are two major layers, one strictly political and the other one of more social face.
In political terms, I think he perfectly encapsulated two important rebellions. The prime one is obviously his rebellion against the geopolitical hierarchy. The oppressed and exploited South versus the wealthy and greedy North, as we...