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The Fountainhead Characters

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Roark seeks out Henry Cameron when he first comes to New York because of the architect's reputation as a man of independent vision. Unfortunately, Cameron's individualism has cost him a successful career. When Roark convinces Cameron to take him on as his assistant, the older man helps him develop his own style. Cameron is the first to recognize and help promote Roark's genius. At one point he tests Roark's resolve, suggesting that he sell out and give the public what it wants in order to gain approval and success. Roark's response, that he would rather starve, pleases Cameron and proves the older man's faith in him. Eventually, Roark must strike out on his own when Cameron cannot get enough contracts to keep his business going. Cameron's integrity represents the devotion to the individualistic spirit for its own sake, even in the face of social and economic failure...

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