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In the journal Motorcycle Diaries the main character and author Ernesto Cuevara embarks on a journey to North America from C Riding along side his companion Alberto Granado they set off on their motorcycle La Ponderosa II Throughout the first part of the book Ernesto never explains his motivation for such a long and treacherous journey Though it is clear through his diary that he wanted to take this journey to bring him closer to the land his family and to find himself Through his notes the reader is able to understand that Ernesto has a personal relation to the land For example Ernesto wrote my head rested in the lap tying me to this land lulled by everything around 37 He is always thinking of himself and how he fits in with mother earth He feels a close connection with the land and he only wants to make it stronger In addition when Ernesto writes about the land he does it so vividly and beautifully as in the passage The full moon is silhouetted against the sea smothering the waves with silver reflections 34 For being just notes on his journey he puts in such detail No matter how busy he is he always spends the time to explain how beautiful the earth is Furthermore Ernesto is constantly relating his life to the earth when he says Yet afterwards I doubted whether driftwood has the right to say I win when the tide throws it on to the beach it seeks 36 The metaphors he uses are always about the earth His respect for mother earth only makes him want to know more What better way is there to experience the beauty of the earth than riding a motorcycle across South America Ernesto will learn many lessons through the land ocean and sky that will bring him closer to himself and his family This journey will only bring him closer to his family For
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