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Fonntainhead

Article Review   by:estus     Original Author: Ayn Rand
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When the world was reaching to the middle of the 20th century and most of the states were looking forward to establishment in the newly growing global village, in the year 1943, Ayn rand’s best selling novel ‘Fountainhead’ was published. Ayn rand is generally known as the inventor of the ‘ Objectivism’, which is the philosophy of self-interests.
Howard rork & Peter keating are two characters representing the Do’s & don’ts of this philosophy, both are the students of worlds leading architecture institute.
Howard is the man of strongest will power who believes in no bodings of the society and wants nothing from it, neither money nor fame. He is only prompted to architecture. Peter keating is the man who believes others more than he himself. His work is always influenced from the greats of the field. Both of them starts their journeies together and the story tells the battle of Howard rork with the social friction. Peter keating starts life normally and lives normally; he is always confused and unsatisfied.
Howard rork is the representative character of objectivism, who believes the only way to get the soul satisfied is to devote your life to the self interest, he respect the thoughts of others, but never goes according to any person or standard given, he does what he believes to be right.
This novel hits the deck of altruism, which is the concept of working together. Altruism is further classified as the theory of working for each other, so no one get a foot ahead for the new thoughts. Thoughts are the product of individual mind so the individuality is highly justified.
Framework of novel supports the philosophy. Every character is the representation of any important social attitude.
After all Howard rork looks like perfection and his activities, seeming to be exaggerated. He is a man heaving no interests in books, music or movies, even in discussion with other humen, on different topics. He gives no attention of what others are doing, even when he is not on work, he looks like a machine and speaks like a robot.
Peter keating is a big supporter of Howard’s character because he has absolutely no thoughts, but works totally according to the standards .the novel has a great power to drive the mind of the reader, almost all characters are made on a particular thought process, we can easily find them in our surrounding.
It looks like all human are told to become howard rork in the novel, but there are many kinds of people in the world so this become an ideology, applicable only to the creators or the breed which goes in search of some unknown entity or style.
A world full of howrd rorks looks like a graveyard of arts, literature, music and movies because once howard rork thinks himself to be perfectly learnt, he needs no other improvements. If everyone will be so busy in a single work then nobody will have the time to read books or to listen music and inspirational arts will be eliminated, only needs will survive.
After all, this is a brilliant novel of ideas, which are highly inspirational and showing the importance of dedication to your own interests. Various colors of the society are seen in the novel, which derives, how the society always tends to restrict the new thoughts. It looks like the reason of social friction is assumed to be the hatred, instead of insecurity or fear of failure.
Published: March 26, 2006   
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