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The Fountainhead - Study Guide Part 1, Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

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At graduation, the eminent architect Guy Francon speaks to the graduating class. Peter Keating, the son of Roark's housemother and a student at the school, graduates as the best in the class, and all of the audience is there to applaud him. He can't remember his final project, though. While Peter once wanted to be an artist, his mother made him pursue architecture for the fame and glory.

While people don't always like Roark, who doesn't care what they think, people do like Peter. He is good-looking and well spoken. In contrast to Roark, Peter always copies the past architects. He is an expert at blind imitation and showing teachers exactly what they want to see. He is not particularly talented or smart, and Roark helps him with structural difficulties in his derivative designs. While Roark only depends on himself, Peter depends on others.

Peter...

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