The Fountainhead Essay

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The Fountainhead





Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead"


Imagine power as a form of free flowing energy, a source found within every one
and for each individual. Assume that to gain power, one has to tap this
resevoir of immense proportions and relish upon the rich harvest to their hearts
desires. Consequently, when there is such a dealing of concentrated materials,
nature takes charge and similarly to other physical abstracts, rendering this
package lethal, with the potential for untold destruction. In other words,
power in the wrong hands or power without responsibility is the most harzardous
weapon mankind can possess.

To say that power is a medium out of control and pertaining to something with
incredible destruction, is rather quite true. Assuming that every one and
anyone has the potential to be entitle to a share of this universal medium.
Then it would be justifiable to claim that like any other unmoderated activities,
raging amibition for power uncontroled could wreak havoc and acts as a catalyst
in the breakdown of a society. Similar to politics which deals with the static
physical component of society, there must be a more formidable source of
pervailance over the mystical realm of power. There fore, this form of guidance
can only exist from the mind, and as product of thought, thus the ideas within
a philosophy.

The Ideals warp between the covers of, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand's
philosophical revolution of Individualistic power, is her solution to society's
request for a cure. She believe that the highest order of power stands above
all alternatives as the power belonging to an individual and her mission is to
prove the greatness of individualist power within the hero she christain the
name Roark.

Rational thinkers, do not make decisions in a give or take scenario, but instead
they carefully distinguish between be extremes of the Black, the White, and the
median Gray. The Fountainhead, simulates the world as a whitches cauldron,
filled with many evils, among which only one true and worthy victor can pervail.
Ayn Rand explores the many facets of power within a structural community,
relying upon her philosolophy as a test-bed and a believable standard.

In essence the portfolio of The Fountainhead, contains, four major fronts of
power, each dominated by a type of relative character and characteristics.
Manipulative Power entitle itself to be crown the champion of false promises
and deciet. The Power of Green or power due to money is difficult to achieve
and deserve honorable mentioning, yet it is a virtual power built upon wealth.
Worst of all evil in man's search for power lies behind the mask of a man built
on betrayal, resorting to self-deprivation for prestige and the selling of
oneself to fame. The true power belongs to an individualist, who fights for
himself, lives for himself and is Rand's answer to the plea of the people.

Subjecting to visualization, this could be interpret in the form of a compass
rose with its four extended arms representing each front of power, converging
onto a center of origin. This origin is the birth place of all men. Attaining
power is a rather lenghthy, delicate process and is likely prone to failure.
Life's goal is determining of one direction and that single path can represent
an arm of the rose. Simply it may seem not too difficult to make the correct
choice, yet many fail to do so.

Ironically, Ayn Rand play the role of a mischieve when she weave such a
believable character to represent the cold, uncompassionate, and power hungry
Manipulator. She fool the reader to believe that Ellsworth Toohey, a successful
and very influential member of society, is a worthy man, fighting for the cause
of the human kind. His generosity and sacreficial offerings are only cover-ups
from his true nature, the impulsive liar who strive on manipulating others for
power.

Physically Toohey is described as a weak man, apparent only through the power of
his mind. According to Rand, a wholesome, powerful character has to unify both
the mental and physical hemispheres. Toohey is a man that could have been, yet
upon his own choosing, warp himself into something beyond rescue. Toohey is a
very dangerous man. Dangerous because he knows the weakness in other men and
uses this porthole as a point of attack. His aim, is the breakdown of another's
soul and thus in this way he gain power over them. Toohey can be rank above
the most tyrant Monarchs and the worst dictators in history. His ambition is
not only to physically own people, but the possession of their very souls. In a
confession to one of his victim he says. ‘ If you learn how to rule one single
man's soul, you can get the rest of mankind.' Toohey understands that he is
capable because there exist people who wants his reasurance and the recognition
from others that they have done something right, something significant. Thus
this gives him the power manipulate others into thinking what he wants and
believing what he permits. He plays with his victims like puppets in a show,
because to him, people can be like water, aimlessly following the shift of a
tide.

Similar to an engine over heated, Toohey is too power hungry, in turn his
eminent downfall. He knows quite well that he is incapable of acheiving true
power, so his conscience convulges and lash back at the world that he despise.
His destructive natural corrupts and he vows vengence. ‘ I have no private purpose.
I want power. I want my world of the future. Let all sacrifice and none profit. Let all
suffer and none enjoy. Let progress stop.' Like a fugitive who fear being caught, Toohey
has to live in the agony of having to guard himself from the retribution of the people.
He knows that power gain through manipulation of others does not have the integrity too
oppose the yearning of men for freedom. He can only accept defeat.


Ayn Rand is not materialistic, yet she promotes rank differences and wealth. Her
characters are in fact very influential personalities who are often leaders within a
society. Critics of Rand's work often redicule her philosophy as unrealistic, liable to
things that occurs in fairy tales. However, Ayn Rand believes differently. In using
characters who are over achievers, she demonstrates the power of her philosophy and the
potential of those followers who strive to attain goals with the best of their abilities.
Symbolically, her characters represent the highest potential that exist within each
individual.


Green is a significant color that maintains two polarities. To many, this color glorify
the shear power of money and to others it resembles the pale sickness that originate from
greed. In fact, there is a coralation between these ‘ similar opposites'.
According to the mechanics of time, one event leads to another in a chronological order.
The old phrase, ‘There no smoke without the fire,' holds true when associated with
money and greed. It may seem trivial that Ayn Rand promotes such a character within her
novel, honoring greatness, then include in the package, a terrible flaw. Ayn Rand mocks
the world for its imperfection when she introduce the character of Gail Wynand, a rugged
newspaper tycoon who owns every thing within his reach, but lacks the possession of his
own soul. She artistically accept her own imperfection in permiting this foul experiment
to take place.


Wynand's accomplishments are radical, unchallenge by any other character in the novel.
His power is very concrete and true to life, but only to the extent that public permits.
The readers of his newspaper pretends to fear him while he play the role of the dictator
who deny his dictatorship. The situation unveil a continuous loop of lies and deciet.


The Tycoon's reign is the result of power he attain from shear wealth. Such power comes
with a price and he paid for by selling his soul to the public. On the contrary to the
purpose of a newspaper as an expression medium, the world of The Fountainhead expresses
zero tolerence for free speech. The paper exist for the collective and praise everything
but heroic ventures into the new frontiers. Society encourages the conservative while it
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