The theme of Atlas Shrugged (and The Fountainhead)

Posted by jmlesniewski 7 years, 9 months ago to Books
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Atlas Shrugged:

"Its theme is: the role of the mind in man’s existence—and, as corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest."

The Fountainhead:

"Its theme is: individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man’s soul; the psychological motivations and the basic premises that produce the character of an individualist or a collectivist."

BONUS

Anthem

"Its theme is: the meaning of man’s ego."

We The Living

"Its theme is: the individual against the state; the supreme value of a human life and the evil of the totalitarian state that claims the right to sacrifice it."
SOURCE URL: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/theme_(literary).html


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  • Posted by overmanwarrior 7 years, 9 months ago
    We should discuss them all. I read We The Living and Anthem during the week leading up to the release of ASII "The Strike" just to get in the mood, and was shocked at how good they were. Anthem was easy to read, but was just astonishing. It should be read by every single person today, especially in the wake of the last election. I am so happy that these literary treasures are getting new life because of the films. They sell very well at the book stores still.
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  • Posted by $ 7 years, 9 months ago
    It looks like some people confuse the theme of We The Living with the theme of Atlas Shrugged.
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    • Posted by khalling 7 years, 9 months ago
      so are discussions in the Gulch restricted to the overall theme of AS opposed to other Rand writings? Are individual character journies in AS, used as examples to demonstrate points, irrelevant ? It looks to me like some people are unwilling to apply the abstract principles to the real world
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      • Posted by $ 7 years, 9 months ago
        You love the straw man, huh? The number of incorrect statements I've read here about Atlas Shrugged's theme is outstanding.

        Moreover, Rand was never primarily a political writer. Her writing is about man as a heroic being, about living "selfishly."
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        • Posted by khalling 7 years, 9 months ago
          her philosophy is about applying to everyday events. it is not an esoteric exercise.
          "The number of incorrect statements I've read here about Atlas Shrugged's theme is outstanding"
          point them out when you see them, and let's spend some time on them. but making blanket statements with no frame of reference is condescending. I have no doubt you are very learned in philosophy; engage us in discussion then.
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