Ayn Rand: Architect of Objectivism
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The paper examines Russian emigree author Ayn Rand's four works of fiction as well as her non-fictional writings in an attempt to examine and explain her influence as one of the leading proponents of Objectivism in the 1940's and the continuing influence of her works today. The paper looks at the influence of Rand's work on the Canadian rock band Rush, whose drummer is a noted fan of Ayn Rand's and singles out the song "2112" which the paper compares with a character in the book "Anthem".
From the Paper:"While the man quoted above is a fictional character, Howard Roark and his ilk have had an amazing impact on the literary world. The Fountainhead, the book from which Roark emerged, has been named the second-greatest book ever written by the Modern Library, a division of Random House. In fact, Atlas Shrugged, another book by the same author, was on the very top of the list, and the works Anthem and We the Living were seventh and eighth, respectively (The Modern Library 1). One may ask who this author is, how they had such clout in the world of literature that every book of fiction they had written was considered among the greatest books of all time. This author is Ayn Rand, an emigre from Russia, and leader of the Objectivist movement that struck the United States, starting in the late 1940s. While it may be said that Ayn Rand was merely an author in the Romantic style, her primary focus was introducing readers to her belief in Objectivism and its merits. Her fiction allowed readers to delve deeper into her passion for Objectivism, while her nonfiction explained the way her philosophy worked and how those who cared for Objectivism could apply it in their own lives. As well as explaining her ways, Rand's nonfiction also explained exactly what Objectivism is and what it stands for."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gladstein, Mimi Reisel. The New Ayn Rand Companion, Revised and Expanded Edition. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999. Print.
- Lee, Geddy. "2112." By Neil Peart. Rec. 1976. 2112. By Rush. Vinyl recording. Mercury, 1976.
- The Modern Library. 100 Best Novels: The Reader's List. 2007. Random House. Print. 27 Apr. 2009 <http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100bestnovels.html>
- Podritske, Marlene and Peter Schwartz, ed. Objectively Speaking. New York: Lexington Books, 2009. Print.
- Rand, Ayn. Anthem: Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition. New York: Signet, 1995. Print.
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