"Atlas Shrugged" Analytical Essay by numero uno

"Atlas Shrugged"
A review of the book "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand with emphasis on the significance of the title.
# 9171 | 1,500 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 02, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Philosophy (History - 20th Century)

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The title of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" represents the major theme of the novel, which is to detail what happens to the world when the best of men can no longer exist in it. The "Atlas" of the title is the character John Galt, the hero of the novel. This paper compares the Atlas of Greek mythology with John Galt and examines the significance of the reference with the political message of the novel.

From the Paper:

"To look at Galt and his role in holding up the world, it is now necessary to consider exactly what Galt represents. While Galt is one man, he also represents all the thinking men of the world. He is the perfect man, the ideal man who fights to save the world. This is akin to the brave warrior who saves the world by battling enemies, except Galt fights with his mind. His fight is against society itself and a political system that encourages capitalism and rejects the individual. Galt describes himself saying, "I am the man who loves his life. I am the man who does not sacrifice his love or his values" (Rand 936)."

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