TheFountainhead - Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead...

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Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead displays mans struggle between achieving practical success, and being moral. While there may be many different definitions to describe success and morality, Rand’s novel gives a distinct conception of each. While many consider morality to be acting in regards to good or acceptable behavior, The Fountainhead portrays morality as a person’s capability of having their own views and thinking for themselves. At first, the novel suggests that practical success and morality cannot coexist; however, Howard Roark’s final achievement shows that one can achieve practical success and be moral at the same time. Peter Keating, a foil to Roark, uses his immorality to achieve success. Keating uses others to receive promotions and to achieve better financial success. In the novel, Keating pretends to be friends with Roark so that he can use Roark whenever he is in a dilemma. Keating’s only original ideas are stolen from Roark and his commercial success is achieved through immorality. He is aware that Roark is more talented then himself, and uses Roark’s talent to his own advantage. Keating is surprisingly successful, while Roark struggles to make a living. Keating uses his immorality to advance in Francon’s company, while Roark’s morality makes it difficult
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Dontknow during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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