Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Dagny Taggart

Dagny Taggart, the head of operations of Taggart Transcontinental, a railroad company. She is described as beautiful, but with a face that is too cold and eyes that are too intense. Her brother, James Taggart, accuses her of having no feelings. Dagny is willing to tell people what to do and to take responsibility, qualities that become important as society collapses during the course of the story.

James Taggart

James Taggart, her brother, who recently has become president of Taggart Transcontinental. He is thirty-nine years old but appears to be fifty. James is concerned about social responsibilities, both his own and those of others.

Henry (Hank) Rearden

Henry (Hank) Rearden, a steel magnate. He is forty-five years old and has been told that his face is ugly because it is unyielding and is cruel because it is expressionless. Like Dagny, he does not feel pity. Hank admires Dagny and enjoys competing with her concerning the prices they charge each other. After the successful first run of the John Galt Line, they become lovers.

Lillian Rearden

Lillian Rearden, Hank’s wife. She is beautiful but disappointing because of her eyes, which are vaguely pale, neither gray nor quite brown, and empty of expression. She tells Hank that it is egotistical for him to believe in right versus wrong because no one can know what is right.


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Atlas Shrugged Characters

The main character of the work is Dagny Taggart, vice president of Taggart Transcontinental Railroad. She is one of the producers, one of the...

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Atlas Shrugged Character Analysis

Atlas Shrugged Francisco d'Anconia

In his conversations with Hank Rearden (whom he eventually converts to Galt's revolution), Francisco serves as the author's mouthpiece,...

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Atlas Shrugged John Galt

The identity of this character is the element of mystery in the novel from the first line: "Who is John Galt?" As the existing world order...

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Atlas Shrugged Henry Rearden

Henry Rearden (also known as Hank) is a self-made businessman, the embodiment of the rags-to-riches American dream who starts at the societal...

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Atlas Shrugged Dagny Taggart

Dagny, in Rand's words, is both her epitome of an ideal woman, and "[her]self, with any possible flaws eliminated." She is resolute,...

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Atlas Shrugged James Taggart

Dagny's older brother James Taggart (also known as Jim) is an example of a failed individual by Rand's standards. Jim is the president of the...

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Atlas Shrugged Other Characters

Hugh Akston
A famous philosopher, "the last advocate of reason" and a renowned teacher at the Patrick Henry University; John...

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