The Motorcyle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries & Hitler: The Rise of Evil

The process of discovery requires the revelation of concealed details and the reappraisal of assumed historical knowledge. While Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara rewrote his earlier travel diaries of his South American odyssey, to share his discovery of his Latin American identity through memoir, Christian Duguay directed docu-drama Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) to challenge preconceived world views on Hitler’s meteoric ascent from an unknown to the Fuhrer of Germany.   Both composers refreshed the lens on the process of discovery of revolutionary vocations by uncovering personal perspectives and reconsidering what was historically known. The use of metaphor and reflective language in within vignettes in Guevara’s text and filmic techniques such as montage and music in Duguay’s work allow responders a greater insight into the manifestations of discovery.

The process of discovery is initiated by the uncovering of concealed ideas.
Both texts, The Motorcycle Diaries and Hitler: The Rise of Evil establish the significance of a clear perspective for both responders to and characters within texts. In The Motorcycle Diaries, this revelation occurs in the sudden discovery by Guevara of his “revolutionary longing”. Travelogue documentation recorded Guevara’s visit to a woman dying of tuberculosis: “I went to see a poor old woman with asthma… in a pitiful state…On top of her asthma, she had a heart condition…” Sympathetic connotations evoked by “poor” and “pitiful” reveal the catalyst for Guevara’s transformative attitude, later insightfully expressed in self-reflexive memoir musings. “It is at times like this, when a doctor is conscious of his complete powerlessness, that he longs for change…” The confessional tone underscores his new-found awareness of the limitations of a doctor of medicine appalled by the failings of the public health system. In the anonymity of the old woman’s plight, Guevara uncovers "the profound tragedy...