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What is the historical basis for Roark's claim about the Parthenon?

The historical part of "The famous flutings on the the famous columns—what are they there for? To hide the joints in the wood" is accurate. When using squared shapes (i.e. lengths of wood) ...
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What is the historical basis for Roark's claim about the Parthenon?

While the other answers already point out both the technical basis for Roark's claims as well as a general cultural precedent for disregarding the blind following of tradition for tradition's sake in ...
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Was Ellsworth Toohey's public speaking style modeled after Harold Laski?

The Journals of Ayn Rand (p. 113 in my edition) cite the following comments from an interview she gave in 1961: Laski was the soul of Ellsworth Toohey in the flesh. After seeing Laski, I just had ...
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Isn't Ayn Rand a bit irrational in her criticism of altrusim in The Fountainhead?

First, as a disclaimer, I actually don't agree with objectivism, but I'll try to summarize her position/arguments here. I think that this represents at least some of the arguments and claims that she ...
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Why did people feel like Howard Roark didn't see them?

It's because he doesn't "see" them for he doesn’t care about them and this lack of recognition shatters the very existence of people who only define themselves through others. This cuts ...
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Why were Ellsworth Toohey and Peter Keating so afraid of the identity of Ellsworth Toohey's assailant?

Keating was aware of how tremendously talented Mallory was though he wouldn't accept it himself. Because accepting that would mean accepting his own lack of worth. And this conflict of them (men like ...
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Why were Howard Roark and John Galt both from Ohio?

Ayn Rand's husband, Frank O'Connor, was born in Lorrain, Ohio. When in the process of creating great works it sometimes helps to stay grounded through your most solid partner-rock. Best available ...
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How expensive was electricity during The Fountainhead?

This is a really guesstimate-y answer. Proceed with caution. It's dark around 12 hours a day, and assuming they worked 16 hours a day (we also assume here my ridiculous assumptions will balance out) ...
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Did Howard Roark contradict Henry Rearden on the purpose of work?

Okay, to begin with you must not think merely of money as the motivator in human existence. Ayn Rand wrote both of these books to promote her own philosophy called objectivism, which is the premise ...
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Why did Ellsworth Toohey advise people against doing what they really wanted when he was a career advisor?

The key part of the quote is: It was said that Ellsworth Toohey had exercised a beneficent influence upon them - for they never forgot him: they came to consult him on many things, years later, ...
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What attracted Howard Roark to Dominique in The Fountainhead?

First of all we need to start with Dominique's relationship to Howard, as I think your question doesn't do that full justice. Their relationship is rather complicated, from their very first encounter ...
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Why did Henry Cameron say that Howard would have to fight Gail Wynand?

Gail through his newspaper always criticized the great work of talented artists. And the people with no understanding of arts used to follow his newspaper's views and never gave talented artists what ...
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Why did Ellsworth Toohey ignore Peter Keating's confession?

What do you think he should've done with Peter's confession? Why would he jail Peter? He had destroyed Peter completely. Now he wanted Howard Roark destroyed. And Toohey wanted Peter to confess about ...
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Why wouldn't Guy Francon testify against Howard Roark?

While he had significant shortcomings (Peter Keating once described him as a fraud who didn't live up to his reputation), Guy Francon is also shown to have significant redeeming characteristics, such ...
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Isn't Ayn Rand a bit irrational in her criticism of altrusim in The Fountainhead?

If you want to understand Ayn Rand's view of altruism, you have to realize that she took it from Auguste Comte, the man who coined the word. Comte defined altruism as total devotion to the needs of ...
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