Ayn Rand Essay

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Ayn Rand

This essay will discuss the life and works of Ayn Rand. The

woman who would become Ayn Rand was born Alice

Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905. (Branden, Barbara pg.3

1986). She was born during the eleventh year of Nicholas

II's reign in Russia.(Baker pg.1 1987). Rand's birth was

just before a revolution in Russia, however this revolution

was put down by her first year.(Branden, Barbara pg.3

1986). The Rosenbaum's lived quite comfortably under the

czar.(Baker pg.1 1987). Beneath their large apartment was

Fronz Rosenbaum's chemist shop.(Branden, Barbara pg. 4

1986). Rand's father was a serious man whom she never

knew very well.(Branden, Barbara pg.4 1986). Ayn's

mother, Anna Rosenbaum, was the opposite of her father

and was very sociable. (Branden, Barbara pg. 4-5 1986).

As a child, Rand did not have a true sense of affection with

her father. (Branden, Barbara pg.5 1986). However, she

did develop a strong bond of love with him as she grew

older. (Branden, Barbara pg. 4 1986). Ayn did not get

along well with her mother. (Branden, Barbara pg.5 1986).

Although the Rosenbaum family was traditionally Jewish, it

is said that Rand really did not have a religious upbringing.

(Baker pg.2 1987). As a result, she became atheist as a

child after coming to the conclusion that believing in God is

degrading to humans in the sense that man should live for

no one else but himself. (Baker pg.3 1987). Rand

discovered a passion for upbeat, lively music which she

began collecting on records. (Branden, Barbara pg.8

1986). By the time she was five years of age, she had two

little sisters, Natasha and Elena. (Branden, Barbara pg.7

1986). As a whole, Ayn's childhood was not a pleasant

experience for her; in later years it proved to be an

unhappy memory as well. (Branden, Barbara pg.34 1986).

Ayn Rand received a good education and learned to read

and write at age six. (Baker pg.2 1987). She found her

classes boring and too easy. (Baker pg.2 1987). This led

her to begin writing simple short stories and novels. (Baker

pg.2 1987). Rand's inability to fit in socially at school and

her boredom with the education she was receiving led her

to become somewhat of a recluse with one exception: her

passion for literature. (Branden, Barbara pg.11 1986).

Literature seemed to absorb Ayn more than any other

thing; it intrigued her and gave her much pleasure to read

and soon, to write. (Branden, Barbara pg.11 1986). "She

would sit in school, barricaded behind a book, scribbling

furiously at her latest adventure, wanting only to be alone,

to write, to devise dangerous exploits for her characters."

(Branden, Barbara pg.11 1986). Rand's decision to

become a writer became certain at age nine. (Baker pg.2

1987). The decision was made while walking down a

London street that she would devote her life to writing.

(Branden, Barbara pg.14 1986). When the great war in

Russia began, Ayn started writing stories with "the intensity

that the times demanded". (Baker pg.2 1987). Rand

enrolled herself in a university at Petrograd, previously

known as St. Petersburg and her place of birth, at age

sixteen. (Baker pg.3 1987). Although she did not write any

creative, fictional works during her years at the university,

an outline for a play was later used as inspiration for her

novel, Anthem. (Baker pg.3 1987). Rand read many

literary works while she was at the university and gained a

lot of knowledge from them. (Baker pg.3 1987). Ayn Rand

graduated the university in 1924. (Baker pg.4 1987). In

1926, Ayn Rand celebrated her twenty-first birthday.

(Baker pg.4 1987). However, she did not feel that it was

her twenty-first birthday, to her it signified the beginning of

her life. (Branden, Barbara pg.62 1986). Rand arrived in

New York on a February evening at seven o' clock p.m.

(Branden, Barbara pg.63 1986). She had with her only fifty

dollars in her pocket, a typewriter in her arms, stories

etched in her mind and "the sense of life as exaltation."

(Branden, Barbara pg.63 1986). From New York, Rand

went on to Chicago to stay with some relatives there.

(Baker pg.5 1987). Ayn disliked Chicago very much and

went straight to work on writing scenarios and film ideas.

(Branden, Barbara pg.69 1986). Over this summer in

Chicago, Rand worked to improve her English, wrote

manuscripts and her film ideas. (Baker pg.5 1987). She

was ecstatic to finally be free and to be able to achieve all

the things she had always wanted. (Branden, Barbara

pg.71 1986). At the end of the summer in Chicago, Rand

set out for Hollywood with only her manuscripts and a

recommendation from DeMille's Chicago Distributors to

the Cecil B. DeMille Studio in Hollywood. (Baker pg.5

1987). Ayn's relatives sent her off with a train ticket and

one-hundred dollars. (Branden, Barbara pg.73 1986). She

was ready to go out on her own and truly begin her life.

(Branden, Barbara pg.73 1986). Alice Rosenbaum

re-named herself Ayn after a Finnish writer she adored.

(Baker pg.4 1987). It appealed to her because Ayn

rhymed with mine and promised she would be recognized

and admired. (Baker pg.4 1987). Rand came from her

"Remington-Rand" typewriter. (Baker pg.4 1987). Ayn

decided this name sounded more American than Alice

Rosenbaum. (Baker pg.4 1987). Furthermore, it signified

new-life and a relief from Russia's system. (Baker pg.4

1987). Lastly, Ayn did not want to endanger the lives of

her relatives in communist-Russia by her anti-communist

feelings. (Branden, Barbara pg.72 1986). Ayn Rand

moved into a room at the new Studio Club which was a

"...haven for young aspirants come to conquer

Hollywood..." and housed many actresses, dancers, studio

clerks and the like. (Branden, Barbara pg.73 1986). On

her first day looking, Ayn found a job working at the

DeMille Studio. (Baker pg.5 1987). Rand was hired as an

extra at the studio for seven dollars and fifty cents a day

which seemed to be a fortune to her. (Branden, Barbara

pg. 77 1986). She worked for DeMille for nine years until

his studio closed and remained in Hollywood for nine more

years. (Baker pg.5 1987). Ayn Rand met what was to

become her future husband after her second week in

Hollywood; his name was Frank O' Connor. (Branden,

Barbara pg.79 1986). Rand says her feelings for O'

Connor were love at first sight. (Branden, Barbara pg.80

1986). They were great companions and were married in

1929. (Baker pg.6 1987). Because she was now married

to an American citizen, Ayn applied for citizenship and was

naturalized in 1931. (Baker pg.7 1987). The two remained

married for fifty years until O' Connor's death in 1979.

(Baker pg.6-7 1987). Rand began working in the

wardrobe department of R.K.O. studios in the summer of

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