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The Number One Spot The common expression each man for himself has been heard from the beginning of time Most people are out for themselves in the world Sometimes this sense of individualism is a characteristic that is to be admired Other times it is a flaw Throughout her novel The Fountainhead Ayn Rand shows three characters with a strong sense of individuality Howard Roarks sense of living for himself and his beliefs are strong character traits that cause an admiration because he sticks to his morals in all situations Peter Keatings selfishness overpowers him and he uses anyone or thing to obtain his success Ellsworth Toohey has all ready gained success in society he is now out for personal revenge He manipulates people to be his assistants in his demolition of his enemies All three characters strongly show individualism and prove throughout the novel that the most important person to live for is himself Surviving in the real world is a difficult task in itself surviving alone proves to be an obstacle The choice to carry on unaided is usually an option that an individual chooses for himself Howard Roark decides that the only way to live is for himself and for his beliefs From the start Howard Roark started off on the wrong foot His teachers found his architectural view to be absurd and uncalled for Roark found his work to be self-expressive and original He saw no need to modify his way of design to the institutes way To him his buildings were beautiful because they had a purpose an actual function to its inhabitants besides the sheer outside decorations that normal designs contained Since Roark would not conform and design against his will he was kicked out of his school and was forced to be on his own Roark however did not mind the challenge He found that the only way that
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