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Comparison of the motorcycle diaries and the Alchemist
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By Bridget Belsher
In the film adaptation of the Motorcycle Diaries by Alberto Granado and Ernesto Guevara and the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the physical and mental challenges of crossing boundaries is shown through the use of irony, symbolism and the setting. Both are adventures about young men who leave home believing one thing and then come home changed completely.
Irony is evident when Guevara, leaves his home in order to not only volunteer at a leper colony for a time, but to travel across South America. However, on the way Guevara begins to understand how his family's wealth comes at a cost. Furthermore he reaches a turning point which alters the course of history. Guevara set out to travel South America, but in the end it was so much more. In the film Guevara questions himself "How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?" This quote explores the inner workings of Guevara's turmoil. Guevara has lived his whole life in a small world, and never venture out, despite the fact he is suppose to be glad he is well off, Guevara feels regret for what he didn't
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