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The Fountainhead Essay

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In the following essay, Deane praises the psychological realism of the characters in Rand's novel.

The philosophy of Ayn Rand, Objectivism, has been subject to intensive analysis and discussion. Interest in her theories has led critics to overlook largely her work as novelist. While it may fairly be said that her plots, except for We the Living, are amorphous and loose, that there is endless repetition in Atlas Shrugged, and that characters are generally two-dimensional vehicles for ideas, in The Fountainhead she has been almost totally successful in creating thoroughly realized characters whose motivations are psychologically valid. It is always dangerous to talk of "influences" on writers; it may be wiser to talk about "parallels." Howbeit, there are close resemblances between personality types described by Karen Horney in The Neurotic Personality of Our Time (1937) and by Ayn Rand in The Fountainhead (1943). Whether or not one can point to...

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