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The Motorcycle Diaries Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries is a memoir of a journey that a 23-year-old Ernesto "Che" Guevara took across South America with his friend Alberto Granada. They start out on a motorbike, but it eventually gives out and they're forced to hitch hike, stowaway, and go on foot for the rest of their journey. Over the course of their journey, Guevara sees and experiences things that he has never been exposed to before including poverty and social and racial injustice.

Key Aspects of The Motorcycle Diaries


The tone of the novel is frank and earnest, with Guevara using lyrical and poetic prose. He also frequently takes an excited tone, in keeping with the adventurous spirit of the book.



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