Che Guevara: A Symbol and Failure Analytical Essay

Che Guevara: A Symbol and Failure
This paper explains why Ernesto "Che" Guevara is viewed as both a failure and a mascot of revolution in Latin America.
# 117029 | 917 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper explores why, although Che Guevara lost every revolutionary movement that he was the head of, he is still a symbol of revolution in Latin America. The paper details the early life of Che Guevara, how he joined Fidel's July 26th Movement, became the head of the Cuban National Bank and was finally captured and executed in Bolivia. The paper explains that Che Guevara became a symbol in Latin America because he was a rebel who stood up to the United States. The paper also explains that because his image was made famous by artist Jim Fitzpatrick, he managed to become the symbol of rebellion, reform and overcoming repression.

From the Paper:

"October 9, 2007 marked the forty year anniversary of the death of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. As Che Guevara was attempting to lead a guerilla insurgency in Bolivia, he was captured and executed in 1967. The execution of Che Guevara created an astonishing impact on the Latin American community. Ever since his death, some 41 years ago, Che has become a symbol for revolution and an icon in Latin America, despite the fact that the majority of his efforts ended in total failure. There has been much speculation as to why this phenomenon came to be."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Castaneda, Jorge G. Companero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara. Random House, 1997.

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