Our former compatriot Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, now the writer Ayn Rand, wrote a lot of wonderful works. She was forced to immigrate by the collapse of the tsarist regime in Russia. It was in the United States that a famous writer and philosopher eventually appeared.
Today we will look at the plot and meaning of the book “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. So sit back, it will be extremely interesting.
The protagonist of the novel, Howard Roark, is a well-known and talented student at the Polytechnic University. He is expelled from his senior year, as he brought him into confrontation with teachers who defend meaningless traditions in architecture. The teachers took up arms against him, because over the years of training they could not break the established point of view in him.
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Roarke took his expulsion quite calmly, since he initially understood that he did not want to build replicas of Renaissance houses that had already been built, as well as temples of Ancient Greece, for the rest of his life. He wants to design and build houses that he himself would like.
The young man has no relatives and friends, and he paid for training from his own funds, which he received at a construction site.
Soon he decides to move to New York to work in the bureau of Henry Cameron, who left the big stage due to constant squabbles with customers.
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The master hires Roark as a draftsman, and immediately sees the young man’s talent. However, he repeatedly tries to warn him against repeating the fate of Cameron himself. However, the young man is confident in his abilities and is ready to defend his point of view.
Then Roark gets a job in the bureau of Guy Francon, but he is quickly fired from there, as he refused to design the building according to the stupid and wayward requirements of the customer.
However, he receives well-deserved fame and clients who like the work of a young architect gradually begin to migrate to him. Such is the plot of the plot in our novel.
The meaning of the book
The main meaning of the novel “The Source” is the opposition of individualism to collectivism not from the point of view of politics, but also from the point of view of the human soul, the organization of society. The writer himself agrees with this point of view. She says that rational selfishness is the normal basis for people’s lives, for making decisions in life. Ayn Rand is sure that forcing people to share the result of their labor is an extremely destructive path, and will have extremely serious consequences. In particular, she says that following collectivism and suppressing creators, real talents, will lead to the establishment of a kingdom of dullness and everyday life in society.
Also, the novel “The Source” tells us about the unbending will and confidence of a person who agrees to fight the whole society in order to defend his rightness and point of view.
The author also reveals the theme of people-creators and people-parasites. Some try to make the world a better place and worship individualism, while others try to suppress the will of the masters. If this does not work out, they try to appropriate the fruits of the labors of great people, albeit in part, to themselves, covering it up with the spirit of collectivism and universal human achievements.
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