Essay: Ayn Rand The Fountainhead
Imagine power as a form of free flowing energy, a source found within every one and for each individual. Assume that to gain power, one has to tap this resevoir of immense proportions and relish upon the rich harvest to their hearts desires. Consequently, when there is such a dealing of concentrated materials, nature takes charge and similarly to other physical abstracts, rendering this package lethal, with the potential for untold destruction. In other words, power in the wrong hands or power without responsibility is the most harzardous weapon mankind can possess.
To say that power is a medium out of control and pertaining to something with incredible destruction, is rather quite true. Assuming that every one and anyone has the potential to be entitle to a share of this universal medium. Then it would be justifiable to claim that like any other unmoderated activities, raging amibition for power uncontroled could wreak havoc and acts as a catalyst in the breakdown of a society. Similar to politics which deals with the static physical component of society, there must be a more formidable source of pervailance over the mystical realm of power. There fore, this form of guidance can only exist from the mind, and as product of thought, thus the ideas within a philosophy.
The Ideals warp between the covers of, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand's philosophical revolution of Individualistic power, is her solution to society's request for a cure. She believe that the highest order of power stands above all alternatives as the power belonging to an individual and her mission is to prove the greatness of individualist power within the hero she christain the name Roark.
Rational thinkers, do not make decisions in a give or take scenario, but instead they carefully distinguish between be extremes of the Black, the White, and the median Gray. The Fountainhead, simulates the world as a whitches cauldron, filled with many evils, among which only one true and worthy victor can pervail. Ayn Rand explores the many facets of power within a structural community, relying upon her philosolophy as a test-bed and a believable standard.
In essence the portfolio of The Fountainhead, contains, four major fronts of power, each dominated by a type of relative
character and characteristics. Manipulative Power entitle itself to be crown the champion of false promises and deciet. The Power of Green or power due to money is difficult to achieve and deserve honorable mentioning, yet it is a virtual power built upon wealth. Worst of all evil in man's search for power lies behind the mask of a man built on betrayal, resorting to self-deprivation for prestige and the selling of oneself to fame. The true power belongs to an individualist, who fights for himself, lives for himself and is Rand's answer to the plea of the people.
Subjecting to visualization, this could be interpret in the form of a compass rose with its four extended arms representing each front of power, converging onto a center of origin. This origin is the birth place of all men. Attaining power is a rather lenghthy, delicate process and is likely prone to failure. Life's goal is determining of one direction and that single path can represent an arm of the rose. Simply it may seem not too difficult to make the correct choice, yet many fail to do so.
Ironically, Ayn Rand play the role of a mischieve when she weave such a believable character to represent the cold, uncompassionate, and power hungry Manipulator. She fool the reader to believe that Ellsworth Toohey, a successful and very influential member of society, is a worthy man, fighting for the cause of the human kind. His generosity and sacreficial offerings are only cover-ups from his true nature, the impulsive liar who strive on manipulating others for power.
Physically Toohey is described as a weak man, apparent only through the power of his mind. According to Rand, a wholesome, powerful character has to unify both the mental and physical hemispheres. Toohey is a man that could have been, yet upon his own choosing, warp himself into something beyond rescue. Toohey is a very dangerous man. Dangerous because he knows the weakness in other men and uses this porthole as a point of attack. His aim, is the breakdown of
Another's soul and thus in this way he gain power over them. Toohey can be rank above the most tyrant Monarchs and the worst dictators in history. His ambition is not only to physically own people, but the possession of their very souls. In a confession to one of his victim he says. ' If you learn how to rule one single man's soul, you can get the rest of mankind.' Toohey understands that he is capable because there exist people who wants his reasurance and the recognition from others that they have done something right, something significant. Thus this gives him the power manipulate others into thinking what he wants and believing what he permits. He plays with his victims like puppets in a show, because to him, people can be like water, aimlessly following the shift of a tide.
Similar to an engine over heated, Toohey is too power hungry, in turn his eminent downfall. He knows quite well that he is incapable of acheiving true power, so his conscience convulges and lash back at the world that he dispise. His destructive natural corrupts and he vows vengence. ' I have no private purpose. I want power. I want my world of the future. Let all sacrefice and none profit. Let all suffer and none enjoy. Let progress stop.' Like a fugitive who fear being caught, Toohey has to live in the agony of having to guard himself from the retribution of the people. He knows that power gain through manipulation of others does not have the integrity too oppose the yearning of men for
freedom. He can only accept defeat.
Ayn Rand is not materialistic, yet she promotes rank differences and wealth. Her characters are in fact very influential personalities who are often leaders within a society. Critics of Rand's work often redicule her philosophy as unrealistic, liable to things that occurs in fairy tales. However, Ayn Rand believes differently. In using characters who are over achievers, she demonstrates the power of her philosophy and the potential of those followers who strive to attain goals with the best of their abilities. Symbolically, her characters represent the highest potential that exist within each individual.
Green is a significant color that maintains two polarities. To many, this color glorify the shear power of money and to others it resembles the pale sickness that originate from greed. In fact, there is a coralation between these 'similar opposites'. According to the mechanics of time, one event leads to another in a chronological order. The old phrase, 'There no smoke without the fire,' holds true when associated with money and greed. It may seem trivial that Ayn Rand promotes such a character within her novel, honoring greatness, then include in the package, a terrible flaw. Ayn Rand mocks the world for its imperfection when she introduce the character of Gail Wynand, a rugged newspaper tycoon who owns every thing within his reach, but lacks the possession of his own soul. She artistically accept her own imperfection in permiting this foul experiment to take place.
Wynand's accomplishments are radical, unchallenge by any other character in the novel. His power is very concrete and true to life, but only to the extent that public permits. The readers of his newspaper pretends to fear him while he play the role of the dictator who deny his dictatorship. The situation unveil a continuous loop of lies and deciet.
The Tycoon's reign is the result of power he attain from shear wealth. Such power comes with a price and he paid for by selling his soul to the puplic. On the contrary to the purpose of a newspaper as an expression medium, the world of The Fountainhead expresses zero tolerence for free speech. The
paper exist for the collective and praise everthing but heroic ventures into the new frontiers. Society encourages the conservative while it condone aspiring changes.
Gail Wynand's falter is due to carelessness in maintaining his integrity. His business etiquette involve sacreficing himself and dedicating his whole life's work as a service to the people, for the people. He suppresses the outcries of his conscience, acting only on the behalf of strengthening puplic relations and obtaining higher profits. The man owns his fortune, but he did not own himself. The puplic mob lay claim to his existence. His fortune is a mere donation from the public in return for the service that he provides them.
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