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The Fountainhead Essay

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Sakuda holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications and is an independent writer. In this essay, Sakuda contemplates Rand's book by examining an individual's selfish right to freedom of expression versus the rights of the collective.

Ayn Rand believed in the value of individual worth above all else. She felt the ideal man had a selfish desire to express his own truths no matter what the cost. Rand's novel, The Fountainhead, demonstrates the importance of man's struggle for independence and freedom from the tyranny of a collective society. The protagonist, or hero, of The Fountainhead is Howard Roark. Roark is a man of integrity who is driven to create by his values and his values alone. Other people's thoughts and criticisms do not sway Roark from his architectural dreams and he selfishly clings to these values. Throughout the book, his work is ridiculed and publicly condemned. His...

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