This name both unites and divides Argentina
She was loved and she was hated.
People either respected her or they criticized her.
Her story has inspired many in Argentine society today and her legacy will continue to live on no matter where one stands in regards to how they feel about her.
The workers of Argentina united under her and her husband Juan Peron, but the mouth behind the Peronist movement was definitely Eva Peron. There are signs to this day all across Buenos Aires that speaks of her and the impact she made on the country of Argentina. If you go and talk today to an individual who was in the “working class” during the lifetime of Evita, Eva’s nickname, there is nothing but love and respect that you hear.
Juan & Eva Peron
However, if you in turn go to the elites of society, they would probably have other things to say about her.
She was a very controversial figure during her lifetime. Her life story is something that everyone should hear. The way she came up from poverty to the how she almost became vice-president of Argentina is a story that will leave you wondering how a young semi-talented actress could spark a nation to unite through the power of speech. I still have yet to watch the American-made movie starring Madonna, but I’m sure if it was half as good as the one we saw in class, it will move you.
To this day, her name is still sung throughout the streets of Argentina and her famous words “don’t cry for me Argentina” will forever be in the hearts of all who live in this country.
the "eternal flame" of Evita
When compared to someone from the United States
, her impact on Argentina
could be compared to the impact of Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States
As to whether or not the ideas she proclaimed to the masses during her lifetime was correct is still debated by many today. Her Peronistic philosophy brought her many supporters and enemies likewise. Through it all though, she remained steadfast to her beliefs and didn’t stray from the path she felt she had been chosen to walk down. Her life was unfortunately ended at the age of 33 due to ovarian cancer, but she still lives on to this day in the hearts of the Argentine people.
Maria Eva (Evita) Ibarurgen Peron 1919-1952