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 the USA, he asserts, they made inactivity opprobrious, and having exalted individual effort, have crowned it with a genius for association with unprecedented success. 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.

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It was a thought-provoking read, and according to Howard Wiarda it’s a very influential book in Latin America. Line one, page one of the prologue, by Carlos Fuentes: This landmark essay by Jose Rodo is not easy-reading, but its message is profound, and as relevant, if not more so, today as it was in the year You are commenting using your Facebook account. View all 3 comments. For the purposes of his essay, his analysis strikes me as sufficiently nuanced.

You know, it’s a bit hard to be angry at a book when you were warned. One faction viewed the war’s outcome with alarm and despair, the spectacle of the United States possessing Puerto Rico and occupying Cuba regarded as one more experience of humiliation and loss of sovereignty for the region.


With the present English translation, it has now reached its 16th edition. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Fernanda rated it really liked it Mar 30, Mind you, there’s some little bits of racism, and misguided biological theory, but that’s standard with essays of the time.

In addition to listing the books, I wrote about sentences to myself — sometimes they were plot reminders, sometimes commentary on the books.

Nevertheless, he has this against the USA: Ariel is structurally based on binary opposition, and the figures of Ariel and Caliban are diametrically opposed. Spanish Wikisource has original text related to this article: Notify me of new comments via email. May 18, Germano rated it liked it. I’d give it more stars, but Latin American intellectual history is not something that I’ve ever researched.

Este ensayo es realmente alentador.

Ariel by José Enrique Rodó

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 continues by warning his arile against falling prey to admiration of the United States. Feb 13, Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Give him or her a good, hard zero.

His scores make his case. 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.

José Enrique Rodó

I emphasize his gendered language because it adds even another layer of elitism to his writing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jen rated it it was ok Feb 01, Ultimately, the society that he advocates for though this is clearly stated only once is one in which artistic and creative endeavors are valued and in which everyone is offered equal opportunities for success with the full knowledge that each individual will take a different path – a society that seems to me like it would be pretty alright!


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.

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Anna Doe rated it did not like it Oct 14, You are commenting using your Twitter account. At that time he saw the achievements of western civilization threatened in his country by the industrialized materialism emanating from the United States.

Lucas rated it it was ok Mar 19, Nice work; way to catch the creep. Prospero also focuses on locations such as Ancient Greece, and he emphasizes Hellenic beauty as the only ideal worthy roddo imitation.

Had some interesting parts, but mostly not worth the time. In ArielProspero’s seminar includes both famous and lesser-known European authors. They were not intended to be read by anyone other than myself. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In either case, Latin Americans were ready for the infusion of pride, optimism and vision Rodo provided.