Sample response 6: The Motorcycle Diaries
Response by: Kerri-Jane Burke
Discoveries often require individuals to reconsider their perspective and develop a new understanding of the world around them. Examine this statement in relation to your prescribed text and at least ONE related text.
Prescribed Text: The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, 2003 (nonfiction/memoir) Related Text: Wide Open Road, The Triffids, 1986 (music video)
Introduction opens with thesis statement, directly linking to question, introduces texts to be analysed, states their relevance to the question
Adventuring is an effective means of reviewing our understanding of the world. When we engage in different experiences, we uncover aspects of our self that lead to emotional revelations. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s memoir The Motorcycle Diaries details his travels through Latin America with friend Alberto Granado. A mix of informative and idealistic revelations, Guevara challenges the reader to accept his changing perspective of society through personal interactions. The Triffids’ 1986 music video for Wide Open Road, written by David McComb, shows the impact of a spontaneous reaction to a broken relationship. Although the catalyst for these travels vary, both texts explore the emotional discovery possible from new experiences.
Topic sentence links to question
Prescribed text appears first with discussion of structure, writing style and genre
Analysis of figurative language with relevant evidence
A long distance journey provides many opportunities to participate in exploits that challenge our established world view. The Motorcycle Diaries is structured as 46 brief diary entries over nine months from December 1951 with each chapter crafted as a discrete moment of discovery. Guevara’s daughter, Aleida March, provides a preface to suggest a positive opinion of the young man behind the adult revolutionary by describing him as ‘increasingly sensitive’. By acknowledging the original journal was ‘rewritten by Ernesto himself as a narrative’ we are prepared for elements of bildungsroman shown through the shift from subjective to objective language as the memoir unfolds. The opening chapters directly challenge the reader’s knowledge of Guevara and frame the discovery to follow in the translated titles ‘so we understand each other’ and then acknowledges the ‘man he used to be’ by clarifying how the adventure came about. His explanation of notes as ‘mental photographs’ reinforces the careful crafting of his personal perspective. Alerting us to his meditative writing style, Guevara personifies the ocean as a ‘confidant’ that will never reveal secrets. His effective imagery in ‘the discovery of the ocean’ personifies the ‘moon silhouetted against the sea, smothering the waves with silver reflections.’ Sibilance extends the sensuous nature of Alberto’s first encounter with the sea, highlighting Guevara’s preference for engaging us through figurative language revealing a contemplative tone.
Topic sentence introduces related text through link to previous paragraph
Textual analysis links to thesis through all modes: film, music and lyrics
Final sentence links to thesis
Similarly, Wide Open Road sparks viewing interest and guides the viewer’s discovery through strong images that affect the viewer emotionally with the gradual layering of instruments as the band emerges from misty clouds suggesting confusion. Darkening silhouettes become substantial then fade into landscape as a wide shot reveals a lone vehicle solidifying with the increasing musical beat. Like Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries the journey becomes a process of discovery with a strong emotional impact. McComb’s lyrics metaphorically explore a visceral reaction as ‘drums rolled off in my forehead’ and ‘guns went off in my chest’ as he responds to a relationship’s surprise ending. These opening lines are accompanied by a crisp drum beat and...
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