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atlas-shrugged-ayn-rand_V2Eddie Willers, Part 2, Chapter 9 ho will tell us the truth? Who will save us? Oh, who is John Galt?! Sources: The Ayn Rand Lexicon, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The New Yorker, New York Times Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.GoldRepresents real wealth and securityWyatts TorchStands for refusal to submit to immoralityDollar SignSymbolizes free, voluntary trade between peopleSymbolsAction & ResponsibilityThe heroes never stop working toward their goals; they act in self-interest but take responsibility for the outcome.Love & HappinessAs in the case of Dagny Taggart and John Galt, love and happiness follow from acting responsibly and rationally.Rational Self-InterestThe books heroes do not “live for the sake of another man” or ask another man to livefor theirs; they put their own needs and happiness first.ThemesRand moved to the United States in 1926 to escape the socialism of her Russian homeland, which had become part of the USSR. She admired the United States for its individualism and capitalist economic system. This admiration is clearly embodied in the heroes of Atlas Shrugged.AYN RAND1905–82AuthorDagny Taggart finds a motor that can provide free energy for all of humanity.MotorDisgusted by the countrys slide from free-market capitalism into socialist dictatorship, engineer John Galt vows to force his corrupt societys collapse. Heeding his call to change, the worlds great thinkers and industrialists begin to vanish, and society crumbles.Who Is John Galt?OVERVIEWDagny seeks the destroyer who is stealing societys brightest.SeekerSearching for the motors inventor and the destroyer, Dagny finds Galts Gulch.UtopiaEnglishOriginal Language1957Year PublishedAyn RandAuthorAtlas ShruggedDystopianNovel

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