Ariel: José Enrique Rodó: considered to be his masterpiece, Ariel (), Rodó set forth his moral credo. Concerned with patterns of human life and with both. Ariel. By José Enrique Rodó. Translation, reader’s reference, and annotated bibliography by Margaret Sayers Peden; foreword by James W. Symington;. Ariel has ratings and 16 reviews. Dusty said: I picked up this English translation of José Enrique Rodó’s admired and detested essay at Goodwill. No,.. .

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The nature of the work is contemplative and philosophical. They were not intended to be read by anyone other than myself. It is a treatise on humanity and society at-large. Were one to write a volume on the characteristics of the North American people excluding Canada and Mexico one would have to traffic in more nuanced understandings, in influential undercurrents, in the tradition of conservative thought which Russell Kirk brought to light.

Prospero, the teacher who speaks to the students, admires none of the cultures of the world as much as that of classical Greece. arriel

Prospero continues by warning his students against falling prey to admiration of the United States. While he does not make a list of his reading material, from his quotation and allusion it is evident that no meager study has gone into the formation of this character in general, and his consideration of the dangerous utilitarian materialism emanating from the USA.

Art is then a form of learning that finds and enriches the spirit and negates utilitarianism. Lori rated it it was ok Oct 06, Anna Doe rated it did not like it Oct 14, Compelled by their insaciable will to dominace to cultivate the energy of all human activity, they model the chest of the athlete for the heart of free men. In other words, while the USA has mastered means, it has neglected ends. Ariel is structurally based on binary opposition, and the figures of Ariel and Caliban are diametrically opposed.


There are many provoking ideas, much of interesting consideration, good advice, broad learning, and a love above all things for that which is beautiful and full of grace. In the hands of the U. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Retrieved from ” https: May Learn how and when to remove this template message. In short, the latter society would foster spirituality, morality, reflection, art, science, and other forms of high culture in a way he sees lacking in the United States.

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For exhorting his brethren enrrique forge a distinctive cultural identity, Rodo was proclaimed, in a delicious piece of irony, “the Latin Emerson.

But another group saw the easy victory of the United States over a former world power as indisputable evidence of political, economic and even cultural superiority and so rushed to imitate North American institutions. For Rodo, the most fundamental of classical values was “the sense of the beautiful,” which he regarded as the indispensable precursor of the ability to distinguish good from evil.

In a sense, it is like a Platonic dialogue in that it has a setting rkdo which the main personage speaks, but is unlike a dialogue in that there is no give and take. Jen rated it it was ok Feb 01, To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Adrienne rated it really liked it Oct 16, Rodo went so far as to insist that an exact correspondence existed between good taste and morality in both individuals and societies; as he did throughout “Ariel,” Rodo cited an impressive array of European thinkers and artists to support his contention.

Recounting how analysts of late-nineteenth-century democracy have widely identified this problem, the speaker does not, he says, want to argue for the complete abandonment of democracy. The narrative, allegorically-inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest,’ sees the professorial ‘Prospero’ observe a debate between ‘Ariel’-representing Latin America- and ‘Caliban’-representing the the U.

You know, it’s a bit hard to be angry at a book when you were warned. Which leads us to 5 stars for a well written essay. It exists like a provisional civilization, like the preliminaries for culture, resting in utility as in some finality.


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They have preached a morality of restraint rather than positive virtue, and the virtue of moderation has withered into sentimental attachment to a palid, diluted wickedness. Open Preview See a Problem? Even though it is an essay, its ideas are expressed through Prospero’s narrative voice.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Rodo believed the first of these to be one of the great sources of corruption in the modern world, encouraging behavior in which “every action is determined by the immediate ends of self-interest.

Lists with This Book. Democracy was dangerous because it naturally destroyed excellence and encouraged mediocrity. Glad a cheater got caught.

Diana rated it liked it Sep 02, The ideals which raised ancient Greece to eternal memory in the consciousness of the world he finds represented in the figure of Ariel, from The Adiel. Oct 05, Paul A. Mind you, there’s some little bits of racism, and misguided biological theory, but that’s standard with essays of the time.

With French Philosophy in one hand, and Greek Geography in another, he builds a mountain of decorative language. The specialization of jobs causes societies to become underdeveloped as opposed to evolving towards maturity.

In either case, Latin Americans were ready for the infusion of pride, optimism and vision Rodo provided. Primary, of course, was Ariel, a representation of “the noble, soaring aspect of the human spirit.

His enrqiue against the United States is considered and informed. Against the encroaching materialism, and especially the admiration of the young in South America for such dominating materialism, he offers this essay: Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death.