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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is an attack on conservative norms and structure Ayn Rand expresses her views by creating a corrupt society where conformity and imitation surpasses creativity and innovation Rand feels that one shouldnt compromise to society and let money and success be his driving force The protagonist Howard Roark however rejects this society and is Ayn Rands ideal being She believes conformity to be what deteriorates humankind and that human progress would cease to exist without the Howard Roarks of the world In the midst of the novel Ayn Rand compares Roark with each and every other character magnifying their flaws which she believes to be the chief cause of decay The main comparison lies between Roark and Keating She supports her philosophy by creating Roark and Keating to act as foils who display her ideal values which are surprising selfish versus the norm or what is selfless Rand parallels and contrasts every aspect of the two characters Keating and Roark have similarities in interests and background They go to the same college pursue the same field even live in the same house Their differences are in their values and personas Keating sacrifices his self-respect for fame and needs the approval of others to generate his self-esteem The man who cheats and lie but preserves a respectable front He knows himself to be dishonest but other think hes honest and he derives his self-respect from the second hand 605 Keatings entire existence is driven to please others and achieve their goals Despite his countless achievements he is left miserable and unfulfilled He is the exact opposite of Roark who has absolutely no need of approval and is completely confident Roark lives his entire life based on what he feels will be fulfilling He rejects interdependency and lives by the motto every man for himself Roark also has strong stubborn characteristics while others can manipulate Keating easily and sway him away
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