The Father of Cocaine
On December 1,1949 a child was born and was named Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria who later in his life was known as El Zar De La Cocaina which is known as the King of Cocaine. We ask ourselves what led this man to become the biggest drug lord in Columbia some big factors in his life play a big role on how he turned out be the worlds most wanted man. Some of the questions that I am going to ask are what was he like growing up, what led him to be this person, what caused him to become such a person of interest. Pablo was what I call a coin with two heads because he could be seen as a hero by the poor or as villain by the rest of the world that he hurt.
The first major thing that I want to ask is what was Pablo like when he was growing up was he a good kid or was he bad kid that trouble followed him any where that he went. Pablo was raised by his mother a teacher and his father the farmer. He was child number three out of seven kids. He grew up during a time in Colombia known as La Violencia which could have trigger him to become the person that we know him as. Not much information about his is childhood is available for us to determine if his parents were the ones that pushed him to become a monster that killed to make his empire grow. In the video documentary “The Rise and Fall of Pablo Escobar.” they state that Pablo wanted to become a billionaire at the age of twenty-two with that I concluded that the first thesis fits Pablo Escobar perfectly because the first thesis states that “The monster’s body is a cultural body” because it was desire to become a billionaire and he did whatever it took to become one.
The next thing that we ask ourselves is what led Pablo to become a monster and that’s any easy answer it was the money that made him the monster. In the article “ Robin Hood or Villain: The social Constructions of Pablo Escobar.” Pablo was consider the both a robin hood and a villain to the people of Colombia. The reason he was consider a robin hood was because gave lots of money to the poor people of Colombia but on the other hand he killed who ever got in his way of making money. Pablo controlled more than 80% of the cocaine routes and manufacturing of cocaine which then meant more money for him in his pocket. In the documentary “The Rise and Fall of Pablo Escobar.” they state that Pablo made over half million a day. The high demand for cocaine came from the U.S. with such a high demand of cocaine it meant that Pablo was filling his pockets with more money and it fueled his greed for money to grow.
The third thing that I want to ask was what made Pablo such a person of interest that in the end got him killed. In the article “Pablo Escobar, Drug Baron: his Surrender, Imprisonment, and Escape David Thompson writes how Pablo surrender to the Colombian government when they discovered that he was paying some government officials so, that he can continue his dirty work without any concerns from the government. He built his own prison around one of his homes but was still conducting his business from the jail once the Colombian Government got word they wanted to transfer him to jail not made by him he split once he got word. He then begun his work to get rid of those that got in his way and made Colombia a war zone. In the end Pablo was killed on December 2, 1993 a day after his birthday.
In conclusion, Pablo Escobar was consider both a hero and enemy to the country of Colombia. Even today after the death of Pablo many still see him as hero and go to his tomb kiss it for good luck. The way that Pablo was growing up, what led him to become the person , and what made Pablo the biggest person of interest. But over all Pablo will always be seen as an enemy by both the world and especially by the Colombian government. Since Pablo’s death many have risen to become a drug lord but only one has manged to be the same as Pablo and it is El Chapo Guzman hints the monster thesis the monster always comes back.
Thompson, David P. “Pablo Escobar, Drug Baron: His Surrender, Imprisonment, and Escape.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, vol. 19, no. 1, Jan-Mar96, pp. 55-91. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx? direct=true&db=a9h&AN=9606141189&site=ehost-live.
Bowley, Jenna, “Robin Hood or Villain: The Social Constructions of Pablo Escobar” (2013). Honors College. 109.
the Rise and fall of Pablo Escobar; you tube video
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