A Randian Heroine

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Daniel Fincannon PID: 713741573 A Randian Heroine Ayn Rand has been quoted as saying, “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.” In Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged , the author presents Dagny Taggart as the story’s heroine. Dagny’s character, when matched with the character of John Galt, allow Rand to – in a sense – personify her philosophy by creating her ideal man and woman. Dagny’s physical and mental characteristics, along her perceptions of love and sex, reveal a great deal about Rand’s philosophy. Dagny is a strong, intelligent, and capable female who runs a large railroad corporation. She is admired and respected by the people that know and work for her, as well as the other members of the board of her and her brother’s corporation. Rand’s view of a heroic woman as assertive and achieved goes against the general perception of women at the time Atlas Shrugged was published – the late 1950’s. However, Dagny, in a sense, embodies what Rand believes to be the ideal woman. Dagny is almost solely concerned with making Taggart Transcontinental the best railroad line in the world - a pursuit that coincides with Rand’s feeling that “productive achievement” is mankind’s noblest activity. Dagny’s pride and loyalty towards her railroad embody Rand’s feeling that mankind should, in it’s most perfect state, be a capitalist society of traders, each devoted to his/her own ways of producing goods or services to trade.
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Dagny’s view of sex and love further reveals Ayn Rand’s philosophy. Rand views
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