Roark In Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead

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Ellsworth Toohey ask "Mr. Roark, we're alone here. Why don't you tell me what you think of me?" to which Roark replies "But I don't think of you." This is perhaps the most ideal representations of the theme in The fountainhead by Ayn Rand. From the first page to the last, it is evident that Roark has no concern as to whether he is unanimously admired or even though of as a selfless man. For these are the principles of second-handlers who live, not "to be great, but to be though great." Roark is a creator. Roark is the definition of an individualist through whom we see what it is to be truly independent. His integrity ultimately allows him to triumph despite the many obstacles he must overcome. Roark is constantly perceived as a condescending individual because "He did not care. He had never learned the process of thinking about other people."(27) His expulsions from Stanton and from many other architectural firms have no effect on him because he knows that his ability to succeed is not dependent of other men, but rather of his independence from men. At his second trial, Roark argues that civilization originates, not by society as a whole, but by individuals who do not conform to society. Thus, making him The Fountainhead of…show more content…
He is a creator in a society full of second-handers. The people whose greatest desire is to evoke jealousy among others for the purpose of feeling . Roark never allows emotion to compromise his individualism, nor does he submit to the ideas of others based on their emotions. As an individualist, Roark believes that the only way for man to be noble in this world is by keeping his integrity. In order to do, think, and, feel, one must be egotistic, for these are selfish acts. Though it seems that Roark is constantly taking one step forward and two steps back, we see- through his refusal to accommodate - that he is a true

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