|Plot Summary of The Fountainhead|
|"This is the greatest book ever: very deep and philisophical. The basic plot is an architects fight against conventinal thinking, but this book touches so much more."
Jane Fiegen, Resident Scholar
|"The Fountainhead is one of those great books that everyone should read. It lays out the basic position of all of Ayn Rand's writing: that egoistic self-infatuation is good for you. The book itself is a masterpiece of stark writing and strong characterizations, but the message is both deadly and evil - particularly when taken to the extreme to which she takes it."
Kelly Whiting, Resident Scholar
|"This is a long, somewhat boring book about altruism. Howard Roark, a talented architect, fights against the pressures of society to put the whole before the individual. Interesting ideas or expressed in a symbolic, beautiful, almost artistic novel about why communism is bad and capitalism is good."
Ann Anonymous, Resident Scholar
|"This fascinating book captures the exhausting battle of an individual, Howard Roark, against the conformist society. The protagonist, an architest by profession, refuses to create to satisfy others thus expressing the author's philosophy of life : to create for self satisfaction. In his journey of creation, Roark meets people who are egocentric, afraid of his ingenuity, afraid of their own lack of creativity and who go to all limits to break this person. "
saurabh sharma, Resident Scholar
|"Howard Roark is a man with extraordinary vision. His creative genius, however, is supressed by the restraints of society and the accepted "norms" of life. The main philosophical question the novel presents is whether to work to fulfill self-desires, or to work for the greater good, or the good of others. The argument Rand makes, is that ultimately, unless you work to fulfill your own desires, all achievement will fall short and no one will benefit. "
Laura Fong, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Fountainhead|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
- Smarter than most other characters
- Very much smarter than other characters
- bulging muscles
- very athletic
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an above average amount
- throughout most of the book.
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- rape/molest (yeech!)
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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