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Rolo’s view of Ariel, and the manner in which it can inform an identity for Latin-Americans seems based upon the Cartesian contrast between rationality and savagery, between elevation and baseness, between intelligence and ignorance. Essentially, all those features which are typically “European”, stemming mainly from the Enlightenment image of civilization are contrasted with those characteristics which were typically associated with the “natives” (i.e. non-Europeans, in this case, Latin-Americans) who are perceived as savage.