Ernesto "Che" Guevara: An Analysis of What the Argentine Revolutionary Truly Personified and the Accuracy of Representation in American Culture Public Deposited

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  • It is no doubt that the face of Ernesto "Che" Guevara is recognized globally as it appears on currency, merchandise, at protest marches, and in art. However, there is little agreement on what this handsome face represents or what the Argentine revolutionary fought for. Some view Guevara as a humanitarian who dreamed of liberating the oppressed and eliminating the disparity between the wealthy and poor. Conversely, others believed he was a killing monster who went to extreme measures to ensure his ideals were followed. Through primary sources including diaries, memoirs, and first-hand accounts, the personal identity of the Argentine native is explored. Following his death, a myth of the man emerged and a dichotomy formed in how to remember the revolutionist. Ultimately, it can be reasonably concluded that Che was not a superb military leader, theorist, or successful revolutionary. However, he embodied the true spirit of dedication as he devoted his life to eliminate poverty and oppression throughout the continent in a humane and moral manner. This is what the handsome man in the beret should be recognized for.
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