Ayn Rands “the Fountainhead”Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”Imagine power as a form of free flowing energy, a source found within every oneand for each individual. Assume that to gain power, one has to tap thisresevoir of immense proportions and relish upon the rich harvest to their heartsdesires. Consequently, when there is such a dealing of concentrated materials,nature takes charge and similarly to other physical abstracts, rendering thispackage lethal, with the potential for untold destruction. In other words,power in the wrong hands or power without responsibility is the most harzardousweapon mankind can possess.
To say that power is a medium out of control and pertaining to something withincredible destruction, is rather quite true. Assuming that every one andanyone 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 catalystin the breakdown of a society. Similar to politics which deals with the staticphysical component of society, there must be a more formidable source ofpervailance over the mystical realm of power. There fore, this form of guidancecan only exist from the mind, and as product of thought, thus the ideas withina philosophy.
The Ideals warp between the covers of, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand’sphilosophical revolution of Individualistic power, is her solution to society’srequest for a cure. She believe that the highest order of power stands aboveall alternatives as the power belonging to an individual and her mission is toprove the greatness of individualist power within the hero she christain thename Roark.Rational thinkers, do not make decisions in a give or take scenario, but insteadthey carefully distinguish between be extremes of the Black, the White, and themedian 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 ofpower, each dominated by a type of relative character and characteristics.
Manipulative Power entitle itself to be crown the champion of false promisesand deciet. The Power of Green or power due to money is difficult to achieveand 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 builton betrayal, resorting to self-deprivation for prestige and the selling ofoneself to fame. The true power belongs to an individualist, who fights forhimself, 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 compassrose with its four extended arms representing each front of power, convergingonto a center of origin. This origin is the birth place of all men.
Attainingpower 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 representan arm of the rose. Simply it may seem not too difficult to make the correctchoice, yet many fail to do so.
Ironically, Ayn Rand play the role of a mischieve when she weave such abelievable character to represent the cold, uncompassionate, and power hungryManipulator. She fool the reader to believe that Ellsworth Toohey, a successfuland very influential member of society, is a worthy man, fighting for the causeof the human kind. His generosity and sacreficial offerings are only cover-upsfrom his true nature, the impulsive liar who strive on manipulating others forpower.
Physically Toohey is described as a weak man, apparent only through the power ofhis mind. According to Rand, a wholesome, powerful character has to unify boththe mental and physical hemispheres. Toohey is a man that could have been, yetupon his own choosing, warp himself into something beyond rescue. Toohey is avery dangerous man. Dangerous because he knows the weakness in other men anduses this porthole as a point of attack.
His aim, is the breakdown of another’ssoul and thus in this way he gain power over them. Toohey can be rank abovethe most tyrant Monarchs and the worst dictators in history. His ambition isnot only to physically own people, but the possession of