Morality of Money in "Atlas Shrugged" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Morality of Money in "Atlas Shrugged"
An analysis of the characters' perceptions of money in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".
# 149491 | 1,434 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2011 in Literature (American)

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The paper identifies Rand's message in the novel "Atlas Shrugged" that money is a significant aspect of this world and it is not evil to want to make it. The paper describes how Rand portrays the disconnect between those who want to achieve and make money such as Dagny, Reardon and Galt, and those who seem to think they are above wanting money because it is evil, such as James Taggart, who leads the Looters. The paper emphasizes Rand's belief that the world as we know it will never exist without money so those who wish to remain above the lure of money are living in a dream.

From the Paper:

"The difference between thee two views of money parallels the different views of life, achievement, and happiness. The achievers are not afraid to make money and they are constantly coming up with ideas to do that. Dagny, Reardon, and Galt are examples of these kinds of individuals. Rand attempts to link money to happiness through the aspect of work and creation. While we often think of creation as an artistic endeavor, Rand illustrates how creation and artistry exist in many forms. Additionally, it is the spark of creativity that drives the desire to create. While many might argue that artists would create and builders would build regardless of money is irrelevant because there is money and that drives society. From this perspective, the heroes in the novel do not necessarily seek profit but they have found a way to make a profit from doing what they love. This is not greed and Rand spends a great deal expounding on this very issue.
"One character through which Rand delves into this topic is Francisco. At the dinner party scene, he mentions the notion of money being the root of all evil at the dinner party. The morality of money becomes Francisco's point to prove but it also points to social and economic aspects of money as well. Francisco does not perceive money as being bad. In fact, money is a necessary medium of exchange across the world."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York: Random House. 1957.

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