The Fountainhead

by Ayn Rand

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View the film version of The Fountainhead and critique it. Is Rand's philosophy of objectivism as evident in the film as it is in the novel? Are the characters believable? What changes would you make in the film to improve it?

Compare Rand's political themes in her novel We The Living with the more social focus in The Fountainhead.

Research the development of the skyscraper. Was there as much resistance to this new form of architecture as there is in the novel? Who were the innovative architects during the early part of the century in America? Did they also struggle for recognition and acceptance of their designs?

In the novel, Rand condemns collectivism. Find arguments that support this movement and any examples that you can find of successful versions of it.

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