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Area of Study - Discovery Practice Essay


The process of discovery matters more than what is discovered.
Do you agree? Argue your point of view, referring to ONE related text.
Universally embodying the totality of human experiences shaping individual perspective, the process of
discovery is the fundamental underpinning of ideological reassessment, key in facilitating the ultimate impact
of a discovery to transform individuals and thereby expedite their journey to enlightenment which is not only
confined to the self, but also society. Such discernible implications of the progression of discovery in
catalysing metamorphosis are evident within Che Guevaras 2003 memoir, The Motorcycle Diaries, where
we witness Ches compassion towards the proletariats hardships condition his discovery of necessitated
socio-political change and thus transform him from medical student into revolutionary humanitarian.
Similarly, Tate Taylors 2011 film The Help explicates upon white protagonist Skeeters estrangement from
societal bigotry, which enforces her discovery of the entrenched prejudice towards African-American maids
and impels her to work towards equality. Through the illuminations of hardship and political inequality, both
texts preserve the process of discovery as a requisite for self-transformation in their edifying ramifications
intrinsically linked to human purpose.

Human hardship predicates the process of discovery to enrich an individuals understanding of their world and
sanction the ultimate impact of discovery to incite transformation. This is perceptible within The Motorcycle
Diaries, where we witness Guevaras interaction with his immediate environment engender sympathy to his
discovery of poverty and expose the underlying compassion responsible for his catalysis into controversial
figure and global icon, Che. A bildungsroman tale steeped in undertones of Cold War revisionism, the
works structure as a pastiche of vignettes permeates a sense of development and intimacy through the
evocative denomination so we understand each other. Ches initial admiration of his cultural landscape is
elucidated in I finally felt myself lifted definitively away on the winds of adventure to metaphorically
channel his deeply anecdotal construct through the employment of first-person. Thus, the antecedent paradox
a little more alone but a little more free serves to companion his relaxed posture within his photos in
Buenos Aries, exemplifying Guevaras enrichment of self as his process of discovery. The gravity of his
spiritual dilemma is thereby evident within the emotive rhetoric and personification of not one single
miserable blanket to cover themselves with, juxtaposing Ches interactions to the proletariats poverty with
confronting parallels to his middle class upbringing to enforce his transformation. As such, Guevaras biblicallike introspection when the great dividing spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with
the people is facilitated only through his natural development within his socio-political zeitgeist, ultimately
asserting that the significance of discovery necessitates progression through human hardship to provoke
nascent implications upon individual perspective.

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Furthermore, political inequality is equated within The Motorcycle Diaries to an instrument validating the
process of discovery to instigate diplomatic appreciation within individuals and thereby precipitate the
magnitude of discovery to ameliorate their potential in revolutionising their immediate society. Ches physical
expedition chronicles the progressive awakening of a political conscience, initially repudiated within
Romanticised visions of the scent of wilderness caressing our nostrils, which espouses his oblivious
disposition through personified, sensory imagery in accordance with ecclesiastical, Post WWII sentiment.
This is suspended within vivid metonymy, where Guevara witnesses communism gnawing at [their]
entrails, expounding upon the interplay between burgeoning Marxist values of the era and innate capitalist
agendas shaping his inner climate. Moreover, political facets inculcated through Ches self-reflectivity and
recurrent application of second person - Conscious of his complete powerlessness, that he longs for a
change, denotes his emblematic self re-evaluation to reemphasise the propensity for gradual discoveries in
enkindling insight towards one sense of political self. Therefore, the ensuing repercussions of Guevaras
ultimate discovery are explicitly underscored through high modality that there must be a revolution to
sustain the enablement of discovery as a process to impart insight into his beliefs, most notably Yankee
Economic Imperialism. As such Guevaras powerful appreciation of liberal political views reassert the
substantial importance of the process of discovery in stimulating self-actualisation as per supplanting the
discovery itself.

Likewise, in Tate Taylors The Help, Skeeters transgressive experiences of civil unrest within 1960s
Mississippi shape her persona and culminate in her discovery of prejudicial injustice confronting the domestic
help, thereby actuating her desire to overcome racial discrimination and reasserts the process of discovery as
the sine qua non superseding the discovery itself. Taylors cinematic reconstruction delineates parallels to
The Motorcycle Diaries, translating Ches comfortable background into the contemporary mise en scene of
Skeeters isolated mansion and sapphire Cadillac. Skeeters experiences with maid Constantine constitute the
basis of her processual discovery, exposed within flashback through eye-level close up shot and egalitarian
subtext to evoke pathos as she is urged to do something big with your [life]. Indeed, Skeeters ingress into
Aibileens residence serves to propagate her resentment towards Jacksons white populace - a low angle
imposition of Skeeter upon Aibileens settee coupled with the filmic structure in media res substantiates
parallels of Eugenia with her confidante, Constantine. Analogous to Ches political awareness, Skeeters civil
awareness of deep-rooted contextual legislation is represented symbolically through narration and closeup of
Mississippis law book, thereby promoting her sarcastic comment of Ill be on the lookout to reduce
Hillys proclamation that there are real racists in this town to but a display of dramatic irony. Therefore,
Jacksons vilification of the domestic help is enforced through swelling non-diegetic music and successive,
transitional shots to portray discoverys impact as necessitating personal experiences in a cumulative process.

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Overall, both The Motorcycle Diaries and The Help possess an inherent predilection towards discovery in
their resonating implications towards human agency. Through discovery as a progression through human
hardship and political inequality, we recognise that the process of discovery as indispensable in fostering
insight towards not only individual self, but also society, and thus superseding the impact of the discovery
itself.