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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At that time rofo saw the achievements of western civilization threatened in his country by the industrialized materialism emanating from the United States. However, to create and maintain regional identity proves difficult at times due to outside cultural and economic influence. In this section, he argues that unchecked democracy is bad for the development of culture in any society, because it inevitably ushers in utilitarianism and barbarism.

José Enrique Rodó

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. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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For him, disinterested motives are the highest: Notify me of new posts via email. But this arifl 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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Ariel, by José Enrique Rodó – Unknowing

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 bestowed on the rest of the world. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Spanish Wikisource has original text related to this article: He wants them to see and to love and search after the permanent things.

Learn more on the Editorial Framework page. What mitigates the utilitarian impulse is a strong religious tradition. Notify me of new comments via email.

Let me urge you, if you know Spanish, to find and read. It staves off decadence, but at the expense of ideals. Prospero continues by warning his students against falling prey to admiration of the United States. 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.

In other words, while the USA has mastered means, it has neglected ends. It banishes depths of evil by proscribing heights of goodness. How I came to be joined to it, I do no know. So we may call it a platonical monologue.


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It exists like a provisional civilization, like the preliminaries for englisj, resting in utility as in some finality. The book is an extended monologue delivered by a teacher to his arile. Even though it is an essay, its ideas are expressed through Prospero’s narrative voice. Nevertheless, he has this against the USA: 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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He stages this description as a lecture being delivered by an elderly teacher named Prospero to his young students. According to him, art is only ever made in the Ordo.

The specialization of jobs causes societies to become underdeveloped as opposed to evolving towards maturity. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.