José Enrique Camilo Rodó Piñeyro (15 July – 1 May ) was a Uruguayan essayist. Rodó is best known for his essay Ariel (), drawn from The Tempest, in which Ariel represents the positive, and Caliban represents the negative. Rodó, José Enrique. Ariel. Translated with an Introductory Essay by F.J. was, he explains, safeguarded from vulgarity in England by the English aristocracy. Rodó lived at the end of the nineteenth century and at the beginning of the twentieth. At that Ariel represents all that is noble: reason and sentiment. For him . you can also read it in english sometimes it’s just easier .

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Prospero continues by warning his students against falling prey to admiration of the United States. He believed both of these embody a sense of beauty, and most important, both realms recognize the significance of devoting oneself to an activity of the mind.

According to him, art is only ever made in the U. When he comes to that chapter that brings the accusation, he is careful first to list the strengths of the North Americans, to salute the achievement of the USA. But this tradition emphasizes morality in a way that finds its most common expression, at its highest, in the mediocre morality of Benjamin Franklin, from which it has declined considerably.

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He wants them to see and to love and search after the permanent things. However, this has given me some pretty good insights into our class discussion. To find out more, including how to control zriel, see here: This page was last roxo on 17 Decemberat In the USA, he asserts, they made inactivity opprobrious, and having exalted individual effort, have crowned it with a genius for association with unprecedented success.


Prospero also focuses on locations such as Ancient Greece, and he emphasizes Hellenic beauty as the only ideal worthy of imitation. Notify me of new comments enlgish email. It is a good book. Even though it is an essay, its ideas are expressed through Prospero’s narrative voice. This name uses Spanish naming customs: Retrieved from ” https: His polemic against the United States is considered and informed. The problem with the U. Translated with an Introductory Essay by F.

Nevertheless, he has this against the USA: La idealidad de lo hermoso no apasiona al descendiente de los austeros puritanos. The nature of the work is contemplative and philosophical. This site uses cookies.

For him, disinterested motives are the highest: Classical Greece, he tells us, roco as the smile of history. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the midst of civilization they have venerated the robust pagan virtues of health, deftness and strength.

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Ariel by José Enrique Rodó

So—he concludes—while I do not love them, I certainly admire. And how good he is on the Puritans, and on heirs of theirs such as Ben Franklin.

Facebook Twitter Email Reddit. It exists like a provisional civilization, like the preliminaries for culture, resting in utility as in some finality. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Views Read Edit View history. It staves off decadence, but at the expense of ideals.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Ariel belongs to the movement known as modernismocharacterized by its elegance, artistic prose, and worldly references and allusions. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page. So we may call it a platonical monologue.

In the hands of the U. Login to access PDF. Prospero discusses education, arguing that engish should not just teach one a vocation, but that it should prepare one to participate in society as a noble and just member. 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.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.

Against the encroaching materialism, and especially the admiration of the young in South America for such dominating materialism, he offers this essay: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Having insatiable curiosity they have made education an institution of greater worth esteem than prosperity, and by their ingenuity and labor have mastered means which in turn they have rodi on the rest of the world. You are commenting using your WordPress. The book is an extended monologue delivered by a teacher to his pupils.

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The specialization of jobs causes societies to become underdeveloped as opposed to evolving towards maturity. In other words, while the USA has mastered means, it has neglected ends. Notify me of new posts via email. Art is then a form of learning that finds and enriches the spirit and negates utilitarianism. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.