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Ernesto’s horse

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.

5 Traits of Personality

Now, lets dive deeper into Ernesto’s horse. After that courageous speech – which left no room for criticizing his character. Nonetheless, his character can be analyzed by using one Overarching Theory that can explain his personality, in this case the Big Five model. The Big Five is a personality theory constructed of several concepts including: consciousness, extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, and openness to experience: See this Big 5 Wiki Article

This theory was developed in order to reduce the size of traits; each concept of this theory contains several traits. For instance, conscious individuals are efficient and organized; those who are open to experience are curious and intelligent; extraverted people are outgoing and
dominant, while agreeable individuals are kind and affectionate, and lastly neurotic personalities are described as emotional and anxious. An important aspect of this theory is that it is orthogonal, meaning that it is possible to score high or low on one or more of the theory’s concepts.

bigfiveFor instance, is it probable for an individual to score high on both openness to experience and on extraversion. Another aspect of the Big Five is that even though it is simple to understand, using the concepts may be misleading in determining behaviour at times due to its large quantity of sub-traits (Bruce, 2010). Additionally, the concept that best illustrates Ernesto’s personality from the Big Five is extraversion. Individuals who are identified as extraverted are classified as active, outspoken, dominate, forceful, adventurous, talkative, assertive and more. Most importantly, these individuals are more socially engaged with others, and are likely to be involved in the community.

These individuals are more prone to become leaders, and are also, more likely to hold moral judgments (Bruce, 2010). This knowledge will provide a more enhanced understanding of Ernesto’s behaviour and beliefs based on his personality.

Ernesto’s personality can be observed by his beliefs and behaviour. For instance, Ernesto’s birthday speech about the unity of the people of Latin America (Nozik, & Tenkoff, 2004) illustrated his belief about the equality of the citizens of Latin America. This political speech aids the understanding of his beliefs that erupt from his personality. His speech demonstrates his moral beliefs, outspoken personality and social engagement in advocating a change in the society. According to arman expert‘s furnace cleaning HR manager who conducts psychological tests on all his cleaning staff in vancouver – this extraverted personality can be observed in activists and civically engaged individuals. This suggests that Ernesto’s personality can also be perceived by his behavior of swimming across the river to join the leper colony for his birthday. This courageous behaviour emphasizes on his belief about social equality.

Beliefs & Behaviour

Lets kick off this blogpost with a story of courageous Ernest. If you’ve heard of this story before, then this will make a lot of sense and how it relates to everyday people go through to “tame their horse”. Watch the clip from the video to gain a better understanding.

His beliefs and behaviour can be observed during the end of the movie when he gives his first

political speech to the doctors and nurses. In his speech, Ernesto emphasizes the unity of Latin American individuals, and claims that they are of a single race. He expresses his belief of “the separation of America [as] false and [the] uncertain[ty] [of the] nationalities [as] completely fictitious” (Tenenbaum, Nozik, & Tenkoff, 2004). Shortly after, Ernesto walks to the dock with Alberto following him. Ernesto asks Alberto if he has seen a boat for him to use in order to get to the other side of the river. Once he realizes that a boat is nowhere to be found, he starts to take off his shirt and pants, as he informs Alberto that he desires to spend the remainder of his birthday on the other side of the river.

Alberto tries to stop Ernesto from swimming across the river, and he even reminds him of his asthma in order to discourage him from swimming to the other side. However, Ernesto does not listen and proceeds to make his desire come true. Soon after, Alberto’s yelling starts to attract the attention of people on both sides of the river. The crowd starts to cheer on Ernesto as he desperately gasps for air with every stroke. Finally, he fulfills his goal and makes it to the other side of the river. He spends the remainder of the night with his new friends.

C’est la storie de la Ernest. c’est la vie!