Independence, Egoism, and Achievement in The Fountainhead Essay
Ayn Rand said that the theme of The Fountainhead is "individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man's soul." I want to comment on three specific aspects of this theme, as it is embodied in Roark's character and his interactions with the other figures in the novel. Roark is a man of independence, he is an egoist, and he is a creator, a paragon of productive achievement. These three concepts—independence, egoism, and achievement—are the key to understanding the moral sense of The Fountainhead and the ways in which it differs from the conventional ethos.
Rand makes it clear from the outset that independence does not consist in …show more content…
Keating, by contrast, is an instrument that registers every twitch and nuance in his social environment. Rand describes his chronic fear of "that mysterious entity of consciousness within others," which he spends his life trying to appease and control. ...Keating takes great relief when he notices that Guy Francon is putting on a pretense for his (Keating's) benefit. It means that Francon too is a man of the tribe, with the same predominant orientation toward the consciousness of others. When Keating first proposes to Dominique, "he spoke rapidly, easily; he was lying now, and so he was sure of himself and it was not difficult." A lie is an effort to manipulate the consciousness of others, a goal