Che Guevara Essay

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Ernesto Guevara Ernesto Guevara was born in l928. When he was two, he moved toCordoba, Spain, because of asthma. As a young child, Guevara becameinterested in reading Marx, Engels, and Freud found in his father's library.As he grew up, he watched the Spanish refugees from the Spanish Civil Warfight against the fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Mr. Guevara wasinfluenced by the war and refugees. He began to hate military politicians, theU.S. dollar, and parliamentary democracy. Ernesto's parents were both antiFranco activists. In Buenos Aires, Mr. Guevara went to medical school. He graduatedin l953. After several years, Ernesto went to Guatemala writing articles onthe Inca and Myan ruins. During his stay in Guatemala, he had the chance tobecome a government medical personnel. He refused this chance becausehe did not want to join the ...view middle of the document...

The group invaded Cuba, where Che was commander of therevolutionary army. From then on, he was known as the most aggressive,clever and successful guerrilla officer. He also got the reputation for cold-blooded cruelty. One reason for this reputation was because of his ordersto mass execute followers of the former Cuban president Batista. Thereafter, Che Guevara was second only to Castro in the government of Cuba. As the years went on, Guevara ran the department of industry forCuba. The government they formed was communist but very different fromthe then Russian government. Ernesto attacked the Russian style ofCommunism and said 'It was tacit accomplice of imperialism.' TheRussians were not trading only with communists and they were not givingunder developed countries aid. After April of l965, Guevara disappeared from the public eye. Castrodropped his association with Guevara because of Che's criticism. Che'splan at that time was to bring about Marxism by starting a world-widerevolution. He went around the world with forces (120 Cubans). In Congo,they attempted to accomplish one of these revolutions. It fell short whenBelgian aid arrived to help the current government. Che had little help fromthe rebels of Congo and eventually failed. His final days were spent inBolivia where he used bad judgment by trying to start a revolution. Histroops were crushed, and he was captured by the Bolivian Army. Che wasshot the next day. Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is known even today in Vollegrande, Boliviaas a hero to many citizens. He is a symbol of power for the oppressedpeople. Guevara is thought of by many as a saint. Pictures of Che remainin many windows. To the youth of America in the l960's and l970's Che was thought ofas an idol. He was viewed as a revolutionary martyr that supported the idealclassless society. In many ways, his thoughts and ideas are important for ustoday. Now our 'democratic' government is only run by rich Caucasianmales. The door for the equality in our government has not been open tothe rest of society.

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