Now back to his horse. By swimming across the river he showed himself to be equal to the leper colony despite, his high social economic status and education. He metaphorically closed the gap between the divisions of society on each side of the river. His action indicated that there is no difference between the doctors and the leper colony; he demonstrated the equality of the two societies in comparison with each other. It is important to note that his courageous action was a result of his leadership skills. Ernesto attempted to display the equality between the two societies, and by the end of the movie he had succeeded. This equality was demonstrated during Ernesto and Alberto’s good-by scene from San Pablo, where the doctors are seen without their lab coats and gloves around the leper colony. Both the patients and the doctors were dressed the same, which represented social equality between them. This resulted from Ernesto’s strong leadership skills due to his extraverted personality.
According to one study done by Hirschfeld, Jordan, Thomas, and Field (2008), extraversion is linked to leadership
What can we derive about Ernesto’s horse from this?
Ernesto’s horse was analyzed using the Big Five model theory. His beliefs and behaviour best described him as an extraverted individual. Once he is introduced to the indigenous population of South America, and to poverty he starts to witness the injustice and social diversity that exists between the indigenous and those of Spanish descent.
Ernesto attempts to close this gap between the two societies by giving a political speech on the unity of races in the nation and by swimming across the river to metaphorically connect the upper-class society to the low-class society. Ernesto’s actions and beliefs result form his extraverted personality, which shows his leadership potential, outspoken, and dominate character.
By expressing his beliefs in his speech and swimming across the river he, claims that humans are all the same, no matter what their ethnicity or religion is, they are of the same species and there should not be any social diversity between them based on their social status or race.