The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Essay

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Literature is a passageway to an author’s understandings about different types of philosophies that an author believes in. The Fountainhead was a controversial novel by Ayn Rand that displays her literary vision with the philosophy of altruism and egoism. The Fountainhead analyzes two types of men: The man with integrity versus the man of dishonor, egoist versus altruist. The Fountainhead is the open door to the world of architecture, individualism, integrity, collectivism, reason, and competition. The worlds where there are characters that help readers examine the world of Altruism and Egoism. Altruism is the philosophy of finding principles in living for others or for society. Ayn Rand makes a list of different characters that surrounds a man’s ego creating The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand creates the individualistic power in a society and also creates another side that believes in selflessness. The character Peter Keating embodies altruism and only feels he shouldn’t exist for his own sake but the services that he receives from others reason for existing is for fame and approval for others. Peter Keating lives off of his good looks, success and people around him. To have resources to only justify his own existence, self- sacrifice is only his highest right of responsibility, benefit, and importance. Peter will do whatever it takes to succeed in this world even if it means stealing, lying, or Killing. "He had forgotten his first building, and the fear and doubt of its birth. He had learned that it was so simple. His clients would accept anything, so long as he gave them an imposing façade….impressed, and the guests did not care anyway." Part 1, Chapter 6, pg. 81. Peter decided to go into architecture not because he has passion for it but because it will gain him an honorably respectable position. In this dialogue between the two characters: "If you want my advice,
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