Guevara and Alberto witnessed injustices that characterized the world at the time under cruel injustices a fact that led to immense suffering of peasants. Self-discovery is a theme that depicts itself in the movie, with the two friends assuming their identities after their experience during the trip. This paper seeks to analyze the relationship between travel and identity in The Motorcycle Diaries.
La Poderosa, meaning the mighty one, was the name of Guevara and Alberto’s motorcycle, which did not successfully complete their journey. Their journey started in their native land, Argentina. The two friends helped each other throughout the journey with medicine and food supplies. They also shared their expenses as well as money. It is through this journey that the growth in the two friends is emphasized. Not only do they stand up for each other, but they also looked into the plight of the disadvantaged in areas they visited. An example is the leper colony that they assisted in Easter Island despite them being cast out far from human contact. They even shook hands with these lepers without wearing gloves despite the risk of contracting leprosy themselves. To prove this, Guevara swims across the Amazon River, which barricaded the lepers from the doctors and nurses in solidarity with the isolated lepers. Their sense of humanity and responsibility also comes to play when they showed their concern for the dirty and poor state hospitals in Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru. This shows their journey of self-development, which is evident through their actions. At the start of the journey, Guevara and Alberto are just two young friends who are searching for fun and adventure. They appear as restless, with wild spirits that are imaginative. However, their encounters and reaction to situations that came their way indicate their care for humanity as well as their goodwill. It can be concluded that the journey