Howard Roark in the Fountainhead Essay

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Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead presented an egoist character, Howard Roark, and portrayed him to what society needs, but unwilling to admit the necessitate. Roark's meaning of life differed from the others he associated with, which left him isolated toward them, but benefited his remarkable success in architecture. Passion, devotion, and hard work stranded Howard throughout his career even with the discouraging incidents brought to him by the devious characters, Peter Keating and Ellsworth Toohey. Several characters appealed to Roark's lifestyle and work ethic, Gail Wynand, Dominique Francon, and Austin Heller. When Howard acquainted with his true friends, his philosophical meaning of life erupted out of him easily, contrast to everyone …show more content…
Roark explained his ability of not showing any feeling in a conversation with Dominique, "I'm not capable of suffering completely. I never have. It goes only down to a certain point and then it stops. As long as there is that untouched point, it's really not pain." With every occasion that should have drawn Roark to give up, quit, or perform a breakdown in his architectural career, he still remained calm and content. Throughout his career, Roark erased the episodes that could bring him down; that's what made him strong and insufferable. Austin Heller, like Roark, didn't care for the altruist in architecture. He felt satisfaction towards Howard's work and admired his attitude toward the people in the world. Heller noticed the splendid traits that Roark presented, in contrast to everyone else. Howard's bitter approach made him great, successful, and better than any other man. Heller once told Howard, "You're the coldest man I know. And I can't understand why—knowing that you're actually a fiend in your quiet sort of way—why I always feel, when I see you, that you're the most life-giving person I've ever met," clarifying that Roark's words presented to people give off a careless and harsh vibe, but only to the people who deserve it. Howard didn't worry about the "big boys" in architecture who could make him popular and well-announced, as Keating constantly illustrated, so he

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