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The Blueprint Behind The Fountainhead

Like many other readers of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, I’ve returned to the novel at different points in my life to experience it anew. If you haven’t read the novel yet, I envy you the experience. But if you have, then I think you may enjoy this video course by ARI’s Keith Lockitch.

You’ll find discussions of each of the main characters, their motivations, and their role in the story; you’ll find an analysis of the novel’s theme, a discussion of the parallels between Howard Roark and Rand’s own life and struggle, and background material on Rand and the era in which she wrote, all of which will enhance your understanding of the novel and your experience of the story the next time you return to it.

Among the course’s highlights are a valuable analysis of what motivates Dominique Francon to seemingly incomprehensible actions, and a unique explanation of why Howard Roark’s unwillingness to compromise his artistic ideals makes possible, rather than hampers, his practical success.

Enroll in The Fountainhead on ARI Campus to explore this topic further.


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Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith, PhD in philosophy, is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute where he lectures and develops educational content for the Institute’s intellectual training and outreach programs. He is a member of the Ayn Rand University faculty.

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