Who Is I? In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand provides a well-written explanation of objectivism in a monumental novel about those who hold the world on their shoulders. Her characters are a myriad of individuals, ranging from the highest achievement possible: a human, to one of the most horrid creatures on this planet: a once-human imbecile. She gives the reader insight into the psyche of society and the motivations behind our actions. In this novel, Rand’s most righteous characters are those with the most internal conflict. They must shed their conditioning that has been imposed on them by the earth’s people and leave behind what they value as most precious. There is one character that is held higher than the rest. A man of morality, introspection, and enigma, he begins the book and finishes it. So, who is John Galt? John Galt is Rand’s brilliant character that blends imagination and intelligence. John Galt can be described as having the same opinion on life that Henry David Thoreau does. They both believe you shouldn’t carry the world on your shoulders; they realize that in fact by giving things to the needy (Rand would use the word unworthy) you aren’t enabling them to become better people, but merely allowing them o feed off of other’s success. Their opinions differ in that Thoreau had good intentions for all and Galt is only interested in the very best for the competent and likes the idea of leaving saps in the dust. Galt brings Atlas’s people from the earth into their Olympus, Galt’s Gulch. There, these remarkable competent people are able to create their own utopia of industry and live without the weight of the earth’s incompetents. He, like Dagny Taggart, Francisco d’Anconia, and Henry Reardon, is a person of high ideals and standards. He values the dollar because he knows that the dollar is the highest commodity of respect a human can give to another’s ability. The actual sign of the dollar is the symbol of its country’s initials: for the United States, “the only country in history where wealth was not acquired by looting, but by production, not by force, but by trade… The symbol of man’s right to his own mind, to his work, to his life, to his happiness, to himself” (Atlas Shrugged, 637). It is the country that draws men like John Galt, Henry Reardon, and Francisco d’Anconia. These men use it as a symbol of themselves and of their quest, evident on everything they produce. Galt’s ability is what is needed by those of the earth in order to keep them elevated in the universe. What would happen if all these industrialists shrugged the world’s expectations off their shoulders? Rand answers this. Because Galt, like the rest of Atlas’s people, has a passion for his work and moralistic code, he is torn by this love of industry and his idealistic hope for the future of the world. A new world without looters and moochers that can begin again with Atlas’s people populating and driving it. In order to leave behind the old world and begin anew, he must stop the motor of the world; he must destroy it. He must do two things: understand the looters’ moralistic code and annihilate all he holds dear in a calculating manner. To do this, he recruits his two best friends: Francisco d’Anconia and Ragner Danneskjold. These three prodigies, the “Climax of the d’Anconias,” the “golden-haired pirate,” and the “Face without Pain or Fear or Guilt,” would lead the rebellion to destroy all that is most important in order to save it from those who would ruin and plunder it. Galt is very determined. So determined that he is able to abandon his most ingenious achievement, a motor than runs on static electricity, and desist from working. When he does this, he eliminates the possibility for the motor to run a world where there is no cause of movement. He unravels the secret to the world’s destruction. Besides having to choose between his love of industry and his love of the future, Galt faces another predicament: his love for Dagny Taggart. She is the
Who is John Galt? Everything started from this catchphrase. Galt not only carried the central events of the movie but also performed as the driving force of all events. However, he appeared as a mystery man with a broad-brimmed hat in a black silhouette. As Steve Jobs mentioned in his autobiography, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged gave an illumination on significance of “Objectivism” and “Capitalism” behind its profound story. The title “Atlas Shrugged” itself also implied the criticism…
can help others. The passengers would not have gotten the oxygen they needed if each was trying to help his neighbor first; it is more efficient to help oneself. Those who do not help themselves first cannot help others.
In the famous book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Dagny Taggart is able to help thousands of people by focusing solely on the profits of her company. Dagny, owner of Taggart Transcontinental, is facing a crisis. She has to choose between providing a popular free service to a poor…
visit relatives in the United States, she had told the Russian authorities that it was a short visit, but never intended on returning. After visiting New York she permanently moved to Hollywood to become a part-time screenwriter and write her book Atlas Shrugged
Later on in Rand’s life she wrote a book on her philosophy, objectivism, which she says was “a philosophy for living on earth”. Objectivism consisted of many different concepts, such as the fact that reality plays a huge role in life, that facts…
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decision, considerations and reasoning must be expressed. Compare and contrast your decision to that of the character. Relate it to the course. Show me what you learned that applies to the character and circumstance.
Suggestions: Margin Call, Atlas Shrugged, Erin Brokovich – the choice is yours.
This is not a movie review or book report. The movie is just the framework around your character.
Feel free to talk about it, but do you own work; express your opinion.
"Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and Patient Rights." Louisiana Right to Life Federation. Louisiana Right to Life Foundation, 2008. Web. 06 Feb. 2015.
Louisiana Right to Life Federation (LARTL), established in 1970, is an opposer to abortion, euthanasia, and "other life destroying actions." this organization advocates for the right to life and promotes pro-life legislation throughout Louisiana. In this article, it describes what euthnasia is, arguments for and against the issue…
poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube.”
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
tags: absolute, compromise, conflict-resolution, evil, indecisiveness, judgement
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“Still it might be nice, once in a while, not to have to choose between evils. Just once, couldn't I choose the lesser good?”
different degrees. The focused question is: How much force is initiated by the government? On one end of the continuum is the minimal state. On the other end is totalitarianism.
The character John Galt in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged describes the role of government in his vision of a minimal state utopia.
“The only proper purpose of government is to protect man’s rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, acting as…
how do people apologize in English and Catalan cultures?
Marta Martínez Montoya
Meritxell Sellarés Puig
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 3
2. The speech act of apologising 3
3. The Catalan apology forms 5
4. The English apology forms 8
5. Catalan vs. English apology strategies 10
6. Discussion 12
7. Conclusion 12
8. Bibliography 12
9. Appendix 13
The aims of this paper are…