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The main problem that the scheming Ellsworth Toohey has with Howard Roarke is that Roark doesn't care one wit about what other people think about him. Roark believes in himself, he knows himself...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2009, 5:41 am (UTC)

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Howard Roark never attempts to argue the law, or to argue that he was legally justified in destroying Cortlandt Homes, the model housing project meant to provide cheap and durable housing for...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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Dominique's marriage to Peter Keating is one of deliberate self-torture. She has been shown by the public time and time again that they will reject Roark, her ideal man, and embrace Keating, a man...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012, 9:51 pm (UTC)

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Howard Roark, the hero of this novel, reflects Rand's belief in objectivism, individualism, and the virtue of selfishness. As the novel says, “Every major horror of history was committed in the...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016, 10:31 pm (UTC)

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In part 4 of Rand's "The Fountainhead," Peter's career is in decline. He is desperate for a big project. He decides he wants to tackle the design for Cortlandt Homes, a project for...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2008, 2:10 am (UTC)

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Both Roark and Cameron are visionary architects whose style is new and different. Society always regards anything new or different with wariness and suspicion; typically, society is made up of...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2009, 12:26 am (UTC)

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To begin let me say that your question is somewhat misleading. I don't believe "many people" called Howard Roark selfless. Most of the conflict in the book is brought about by people who believe...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2010, 9:41 am (UTC)

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Henry Cameron was Howard Roark’s teacher/mentor, a creative architect who felt a real love for his “creations” and put their “integrity, their function and beauty, before their economic value. In...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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The Dean of the Stanton Institute of Technology, where Roark studied architecture, is forced to expel him after he deliberately turns in a modern-style plan instead of a Renaissance plan. In their...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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Ayn Rand placed extreme importance on the power of man's mind, on the genius of the logical mind and self as the main source of fulfillment, success, progress and comfort that exists in enlightened...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2009, 12:22 pm (UTC)

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Rand believed that man's ability to reason can be the only judge of his values and the only proper guide to what he does. Roark exhibits reason as he determines what feeds his ego and sustains his...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2007, 11:50 pm (UTC)

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I believe this paragraph illustrates Rand's view of the uniqueness of the individual and how it is that uniqueness that is immortal. Roark represents individualism in the novel and Rand views this...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 1:52 am (UTC)

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A college student is riding his bicycle in the countryside and comes upon the resort designed by Howard Roark (later called Monadnock Valley). The boy was having worried thoughts about his future,...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2015, 12:51 am (UTC)

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Howard Roark is dismissed from the institute of technology because he is an individual who loves his work and will not compromise when genius and the integrity of his work is questioned. The...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2009, 9:49 am (UTC)

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A fascinating question, taken all together. He shows self-confidence and self-esteem in just about all that he does. He is self-sufficient, following his vision of architecture even when it...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2007, 3:57 am (UTC)

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Your question is a logical one that if analyzed is in truth pretty simple to answer. Peter Keating is a leech. He is a parasite that needs others to live from. He is neither talented, smart, or...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2010, 9:54 am (UTC)

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Ellsworth Toohey's book on architecture does not name architects in the text, claiming that to single them out would be dishonest and immoral. Instead, they are named in footnotes. One of these...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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Howard Roark is a static character in that he never "develops" by learning more about himself or conquering his inner obstacles to self realization or fulfillment. His overriding character traits...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2010, 11:23 am (UTC)

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Clearly the character to start with in responding to this question is Ran, who is defined by her philosophical stance in life. Note the way that she believes "reason is man's only proper judge of...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012, 3:45 pm (UTC)

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"The form of a building must follow its function" means that the beauty of the building, the cost of the building, the local trends in architecture should not matter when building. The...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2008, 12:13 pm (UTC)

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Dominique Francon has married Gail Wynand as a form of masochistic punishment; she thinks he is a horrible corrupt man but thinks she deserves to be unhappy with him because she does not deserve...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2011, 1:38 am (UTC)

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"The Fountainhead," by Ayn Rand is a novel that basically compares the ideals of Free market Capitalism and Communism. Rand had escaped Communist Russia and was a big supporter of the Capitalist...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2009, 7:19 am (UTC)

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I believe that you asking about this line of text: Your professor of structural engineering acted quite the crusader on your behalf. It's not paragraph 9, nor is it page 9 of my text, but it is...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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In this section of the novel Roark has destroyed a low-cost multi-unit housing project because the “group of architects have destroyed his original design. With the help of Dominique Wynand, Roark...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2009, 9:50 am (UTC)

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