The Fountainhead Characters

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Howard Roark

The novel revolves around the life of Howard Roark. He is Ayn Rand’s ideal hero, a genius of true integrity and strength of character. Roark is a supreme being, and he is described as “gaunt,” “cold,” and “angular.” These are words that are reminiscent of certain motifs in the text—granite, stone, buildings. Not much is known about Roark’s history except he is born into a poor family. He loves his work and will not compromise for it. He and Dominique Francon have a violent love for each other. He brings beauty to the world, and innovation and progress.

Ellsworth Toohey

Toohey is the anti-hero of the novel. He represents everything that Howard Roark detests. Toohey has no talent of his own and only wishes to exert control over others. He wants to promote mediocrity and hates everything that is unique and progressive. Frail and...

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