The Fountainhead Themes

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Objectivism

Although not explicitly mentioned in the text, Ayn Rand is the founder of the philosophy of Objectivism, which directly counters and contradicts socialism and fascism. Objectivism is a celebration of self and the strength of the individual above all else. There is no room for weakness and altruistic behaviors as these encourage conformity and injustice. Scientific progress, artistic endeavors, and all talents are encouraged and lauded, for they all ultimately advance a society and culture. One must live for oneself, and by doing so, everything is enriched. Howard Roark is the embodiment of Ayn Rand’s ideal of Objectivism, which thus serves as a major and underlying, though not explicitly mentioned, theme.

Individualism

Individualism serves to be the strongest theme running throughout Ayn Rand’s novel, “Fountainhead”, appearing consistently through the character of Howard Roark. Not only does individualism form the core theme of the novel, but individualism...

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