Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' Second Handers '

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Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. On one hand power could be control over people that results in success, fame, and money. On the other hand, it could mean someone 's own power within, to get what they love most done. The first example defines Ellsworth Toohey and Gail Wynand. Throughout their life, they both viewed that their work would outcome into success, glory, and riches. These people are known throughout the novel as, "second-handers," they use the success of others and make it their own so they have power. Howard Roark is not a second-hander because, he takes his love for building architecture as his power. Howard is very successful in the way he does what makes him happy, he doesn 't care if his building result in his fame, and in the end he 's the one that becomes the most successful.

Ellsworth Toohey and Gail Wynand 's rise to power is driven the same throughout the book as they are both second-handlers. They both grew up poor and had to fight their way to the top. Once they have a taste of power, they fight to hold on to it, as if their lives depended on it. During the case between Steven Mallory and Toohey, Toohey told the judge he didn 't want to press charges on Mallory because he was content with all the power he has already built up in money. "He pleaded with the judge for leniency; he explained that he had no desire to see Mallory 's future and career destroyed," (p.245) right here…

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