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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In his configuration, rdoo is himself the wizened Prospero, the old man — what President Obama would probably call the adult in the room — who observes the power play between dirty, opportunistic Caliban the United States and Ariel Latin Americathe boyish, artistic spirit whose idealism and altruism will ultimately allow him to triumph over the former. But this tradition emphasizes morality in a way that finds its most common expression, at its highest, in ejrique mediocre morality of Benjamin Franklin, from which it has declined considerably.

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.

It is a part of a trilogy which I intend to read and re-read. Email required Address never made public.

Rodo made his plea for Latin American idealism and spiritualism so fervently because he considered them to be under sustained attack, primarily from the forces of utilitarianism, materialism and democracy.

Even though it is an essay, its ideas are expressed through Prospero’s narrative voice. Does that make sense? Insert joke ordo homosexual panic here.

In Rodo’s mind, these figures represented the major cultural forces in motion across Latin America. Nice work; way to catch the creep.

Utopian but not completely egalitarian, this society would resemble something like ancient Athens, in which the spiritual balance, harmony, and hierarchy of its social organizations and individuals would be reflected in the beauty and genius of its achievements in the arts and sciences.


Had some interesting parts, but mostly not worth the time. Prospero, the teacher who speaks to the students, admires none of the cultures of the world as much as that of classical Greece. This results in a disordering of ideals, an inablity to choose snrique it lacks the sensibility, intelligence and customs to make a proper selection between the best and the worst, being stuck on the concept of quantity exclusively.

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To ask other readers questions about Arielplease sign up. 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.

Algo para destacar de su ensayo Ariel, es la belleza y delicadeza de su escritura, ese modernismo latente en su pluma, donde se ve claramente reflejada esa influencia de estilo francesa. Inculcando el saber en lo individual y por medio del amor, compartirlo con la humanidad.

With French Philosophy in one hand, and Greek Geography in another, he builds a m You know, it’s a bit hard to be angry at a book when you were warned. Spanish Wikisource has original text related to this article: Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Articles with Project Gutenberg links Articles with Internet Archive links Wikipedia articles with autores.

Oct 13, David Renderos rated it it was ok. Notify me of new comments via email. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.

What mitigates the utilitarian impulse is a strong religious tradition. He does place this elitism within a paternalistic framework in which the elites take care of the non-elites, but elitism it still is and I shouldn’t have to say that that’s no good in any circumstances.

Retrieved from ” https: At that time he saw the achievements of western civilization threatened in his country by the industrialized materialism emanating from the United States.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Refresh and try again. So—he concludes—while I do not love them, I certainly admire.

He died in in a hotel in Palermo, Sicily, while working as correspondent for the Argentine weekly magazine Caras y Caretas. The specialization of jobs causes societies to become underdeveloped as opposed to evolving towards maturity. I read this book three times for three different graduate classes. View all 3 comments. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 Tempest.


Nevertheless, he has this against the USA: Very quickly, “Ariel” became the subject of tireless discussion not only in print but in the numerous literacy societies that sprang up expressly to weigh its merits. In a sense, it is like a Platonic dialogue in that it has a setting in which the main personage speaks, but is unlike a dialogue in that there is no give and take.

The people of the USA present an admirable respect for work and a shrewd ability that ought to be practiced by all true men. Universal education, for example, should be applied to realize the full potential of especially talented students, instead of as a leveler.

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Paperback74 pages. Notify me of new posts via email. Let me urge you, if you know Spanish, to find and read.

In ArielProspero’s seminar includes both famous and lesser-known European authors. Ariel denounces Caliban’s materialism and Benthamian utilitarianism.

Ina young Uruguayan teacher and literary critic aroused readers from Mexico to Argentina with a small book proposing a plan of cultural development for Latin America. Rodo, influenced by Plato, Renan, and a host of other authors who are constantly referencedsets his work in a Latin American classroom, where the wise teacher urges his young students to pursue idealism and excellence over materialism and utilitarianism.

Alessiobob rated it liked it Feb 15, His scores make his case. In either case, Latin Americans were ready for the infusion of pride, optimism and vision Rodo provided.