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  The Fountainhead Book Notes Summary by Ayn Rand: Major Characters
Peter Keating: Keating is Roark's opposite as an architect.
Roark thinks she is just a sponge for what others think.
He gives Roark free reign, but when he returns from a trip on which he visited the great temples of the world, Toohey convinces him that the Stoddard Temple is awful, and a sign from God that he is not worthy to build a temple.
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  The Fountainhead - Wikipedia
The hero, Howard Roark, is an ideal of Rand's Objectivist philosophy.
Roark and Dominique first see each other while the former is working in a quarry owned by the latter's father.
If Roark is Wright, then it is reasonable to propose that his nemesis Ellsworth Toohey is a composite of Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson, although the image of Toohey is a lot more blatantly negative, and it is shown that he is aware of this in a conversation he has with Peter Keating.
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 Second Prize Winning Essay - The Fountaihead Essay Competition 2000
Howard Roark, the hero of The Fountainhead is portrayed by Ayn Rand as a brilliant architect who refused to let public opinion thwart his innovative genius.
Roark's morality is clearly defined by his refusal to change the design to win the Board's approval thereby losing the commission and choosing a life of relative obscurity rather than compromising his creativity.
Roark here exemplifies the values that the author Ayn Rand placed on selfishness which she sees as a positive virtue that is responsible for the innovators and creators of the world.
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 Winner, Fountainhead Essay Competition - The Free Radical Online
Howard Roark was consistently unaware of others and often unmoved by their actions, even those actions detrimental to himself.
When Howard Roark admits that he doesn't think of Toohey, he is acknowledging himself the ruler of his soul, influenced by the opinions of no-one, even those of a whole society.
Roark's disregard both of this influential article and of Ellsworth Toohey's opinion of him shows that social slavery has not affected him in the least, and that he is steadfast in his resolve to live as a wholly self-sufficient individual.
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 First Prize Winning Essay of 2002 - Fountainhead Essay Competition
Roark is the embodiment of the soul of mankind — its aspiration towards the fulfilment of its highest promise.
Howard Roark was expelled from the university at which he studied architecture, because the buildings he designed did not conform to the stereotypes desired of him.
Roark’s role in the novel is to uphold the value of self-esteem: man’s confidence in his own ability, his belief in himself and in his search for the best of which he is capable.
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 Liberty Institute
Howard Roark is as powerful as he is not because he has any control over the society or the minds of others, but because he is the complete master of his own mind.
Such was the brilliance of Howard Roark that the pillars of the science of architecture, the keepers of the art felt shaken.
Roark is a man who is not content merely existing, he lives life to the fullest A man of such incredible strength can never be destroyed.he may physically be open to destruction, but the fountainhead -of inspiration within him and his amazing selfconviction can never be shattered.
www.libertyindia.org /essay_contest/sakshi_gupta_2000.htm   (1313 words)

 Howard Roark -- The Atlas Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
She begs Roark to renounce architecture, for she can't bear the thought that he might be destroyed by those who protest his work.
Roark has perfected plans for cheap, good-quality housing, but he knows the influential Toohey will block him from getting the commission, so he allows Keating to submit the plans as if they were his own.
Creators, says Roark, are not "second-handers," not parasites on the achievements of others; they are self-motivated and independent; they have a right to exist for their own sake.
www.atlassociety.org /tas/cms_howard_roark.asp   (1060 words)

 Excerpts from 'The Fountainhead' - Ayn Rand.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Wayne Wilmot; there was only a shell containing the opinions of her friends, the picture post cards she had seen, the novels of country squires she had read; it was this that he had to address, this immateriality which could not hear him or answer, deaf and impersonal like a wad of cotton".
Roark, I am sorry to inform you that our board of directors find themselves unable to grand you the comission for....' There was a plea in the letter's brutal, offensive formality: the plea of a man who could not face him".
Roark was not certain that he stopped when he entered the office, that he did not walk forward, but stood looking at the man behind the desk; perhaps there had been no break in his steps and it only seemed to him that he had stopped.
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 "The Passion" of Howard Roark   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Roark is Ayn Rand's first significant characterization of Objectivism, her philosophy that identifies each man's right to live for his own sake.
Roark judges and trades with, loves and forgives, befriends and marries other individuals only to the extent they share his values.
Roark embodies what she coined the benevolent universe premise, "the conviction that joy, exaltation, beauty, greatness, heroism, all the supreme, uplifting values of man's existence on earth, are the meaning of life -- not the pain or ugliness he may encounter."
theai.net /passion.html   (811 words)

 Objectivism, Atheism And Rational Thinking - Home - Howard Roark - Rational Role Model
Howard Roark is the main protagonist in the novel The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
Howard was an architect of talent and ability who was constantly being confronted by irrational thinkers and asked to compromise his life and values.
Howard Roark, in contrast, is just a man. His story is not one which promotes a belief in prayer, mysticism or irrational thinking, but one which promotes genuinely workable ideas such as self-respect, self-reliance and rational self-interest.
www.rational-living.squarespace.com /home/2006/9/5/howard-roark-rational-role-model.html   (631 words)

 Second Prize Winning Essay - The Fountaihead Essay Competition 2000
Howard Roark is "the joy of living personified" and is a tribute to those few men on earth who live as men should live - for themselves.
Roark is a man in whom the faith in man's talents and abilities does not die out.
Roark made him realize that he had helped to give up the world that he loved, to the people he despised.
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 scottrader.net thinks
Howard Roark, the story's central character, is Ayn Rand's ideal man. Howard works as an architect for the sheer pleasure of creating work that is his.
Roark befriends Gail because he realizes Gail's uncompromising desire for purity and respect for a man for what he is. Gail realizes late in life that he has catered to the taste of the public masses and sold himself short of following his own dream.
Howard Roark is the epitome of independence, rationalism and love for fellow man. He illustrates this through example and maintains his principle.
www.scottrader.net /aynrand.html   (1087 words)

 CliffsNotes::The Fountainhead:Book Summary and Study Guide
Roark is a brilliant young architect of the modern school, whose bold and innovative designs are rejected by large segments of society.
Roark is the antithesis of contemporary belief that an individual is molded by social forces.
Howard Roark, she shows, is both a moral man and a practical man. His strength of character is demonstrated throughout the story.
www.cliffsnotes.com /WileyCDA/LitNote/id-111,pageNum-47.html   (1272 words)

 Achievement vs Principles
Roark’s will and strength of character is that of a straight line; It is unyielding and unflinching throughout the novel without a hint of uncertainty.
Of all the characters in the novel, Roark is the only one to achieve success (in the conventional and objectivist sense) and remain principled.
By comparing and contrasting Roark and Wynand as having the same potential for greatness yet taking opposite paths, Ayn Rand shows that morality and achievement are not separate but are in fact inseparable qualities of any person who possesses them.
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 Monadnock Review: "Steven Mallory: Objectivist Ideal for the Struggling Artist" by Alan Tucker
As a counterbalance to Howard Roark, Steven Mallory, with his defects, weaknesses, and fears, would serve as a spiritual "little brother" to the herculean Howard — as a flawed human being attempting to climb Howard Roark's psychological and spiritual mountain.
Like Roark, Mallory is very much the bohemian individualist, in love with life and his work, fearless in pursuit of those values, but yet, unlike Roark, fearful of the world of people and the morality that governs them.
He tells Roark that, he, Roark, is too healthy, so healthy, in fact, that he is unaware of the disease that sometimes paralyzes Mallory.
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 Howard Roark   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
She begs Roark to renounce architecture, for she can't bear the thought that he might be destroyed by those who protest his work.
Roark has perfected plans for cheap, good-quality housing, but he knows the influential Toohey will block him from getting the commission, so he allows Keating to submit the plans as if they were his own.
Creators, says Roark, are not "second-handers," not parasites on the achievements of others; they are self-motivated and independent; they have a right to exist for their own sake.
www.objectivistcenter.org /cth--1719-HowardRoark.aspx   (1048 words)

 The Fountainhead, Overview, Insights, Meaning, Plot, Commentary, Interpretation, Study, Ayn Rand, The Individual, the ...
Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect, is expelled from his architecture school for refusing to follow the school’s outdated traditions.
Roark does not react, does not seek any reward for his work and is utterly truthful.
What is new in Howard Roark is his detachment, non-reacting equality, ability not to seek anything, even the woman he is passionately in love with.
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 The Fountainhead   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Meeting Roark, whom he admires, he is forced into the most agonizing decision of his life: to continue to curry favor with the masses or live instead according to his own standards.
Roark and his mentor, Henry Cameron, are early designers of the modernist style, fighting against an uncritical adherence to traditional dogmas in the field of architecture.
Howard Roark is an egoist--an exponent of rational self-interest.
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 Objectivism Online Forum -> John Galt Vs Howard Roark
As it is, I understand Roark's desire to have a friendship with someone who at least in part shares his values especially in world devoid of John Galt.
For example, towards the end of the Fountainhead, there is a scene where Howard Roark feels his friendship with Wynand disintegrating and for the first time in his life he thinks about compromise but shakes the thought away knowing that all compromise is useless.
Roark is bombarded with bomb after bomb, but the pain only goes down so deep; differentiating Roark from the other characters.
www.objectivismonline.net /forum/index.php?showtopic=1644   (1623 words)

 Essay on The Fountainhead
Roark also applies his intellect to designing buildings such as the Heller house, which spring organically from the surroundings, with form supporting function, instead of irrationally imposing an arbitrary Classical or Gothic look.
Roark also understands that no compromise can exist between reason and anti-reason: the result is always the latter—an abortion of a building, of a life.
Howard Roark regards reason as critical to architecture as well as life—to him, ignoring reason is tantamount to building with only straw and glue.
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 Question About Howard Roark - Objectivism Online Forum
Dominique's mistaken idea of integrity was that it was far better for Roark's great talent to be still born than for it to suffer the indignity of being degraded at the hands of the mob and those who pander to it.
Roark fully understood that loyalty to her values was the motive behind Dominique's behavior.
Roark's passion was building - and in the context of designing his next building and going about his life, he had no reason whatsoever to give any thought to a piss ant such as Toohey.
forum.objectivismonline.net /index.php?showtopic=6785   (4231 words)

 The Troubled Economics of Ayn Rand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
For Roark, A is not A. He wants A to be B--his B, not his customer's A. Thus, Ayn Rand's ideal man misconceives the very nature and logic of capitalism--to fulfill the needs of customers and thereby advance the general welfare.
Roark's fate is even worse--he is guilty of his crime, blowing up a much-needed housing project rather than permit the slightest alteration in his designs.
The fact that Howard Roark represents the ideal man in Ayn Rand's novel and the fact that she denigrates other characters in The Fountainhead who "compromise" with client's demands suggest that Ayn Rand is philosophically in denial when it comes to comprehending the nature of business.
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 Welcome! : Howard Roark Consulting, LLC.
Howard Roark Consulting is a unique organization dedicated to solving complex problems that companies can't effectively address due to the daily demands of their business.
At Howard Roark Consulting, no journey is complete until we've successfully bridged the gap from current condition to desired state.
Howard Roark Consulting - born of a desire to do things right, sustained by a desire to do things right.
www.howardroarkconsulting.com   (130 words)

 Penguin Classics | Classics Teaching Guides
Meeting Roark, who he admires, he is forced into the most agonizing decision of his life: to continue to curry favor with the masses or live instead according to his own standards.
Roark is the catalyst for the resolution of her conflict in the novel.
Howard Roark is an egoist-an exponent of rational self-interest.
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 Buyouts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Howard Roark is a character in Ayn Rand's famous book The Fountain Head.
Roark Capital Group purchased preferred stock that is convertible into a majority ownership stake in Carvel while Investcorp, the previous owner, invested additional equity while retaining a minority position in the ice cream maker.
Roark Capital Group is a private equity firm focused on acquiring majority stakes in multi-unit businesses (both franchised and store ownership), brand management companies, and manufacturing, distribution and services businesses.
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 The Atlas Society Members Only -- The Literary Achievement of The Fountainhead   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Roark speaks and acts for Rand; he is the artistic and intellectual alter ego of a Russian writer who had sought refuge in the United States.
Roark as architect represents the individualism of the era of Frank Lloyd Wright (without, of course, needing to be Frank Lloyd Wright); Cameron as architect represents the individualism of the era of Louis Sullivan.
Howard values it so much that he makes it the consistent basis of an ultimately successful career; Dominique values it so much that she tries to destroy that career before it can be destroyed by others.
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 Welcome to Roark Capital
Roark Capital Group was named after Howard Roark, the protagonist in Ayn Rand's classic The Fountainhead.
While many of his peers altered their architectural designs to gain public approval and fame, Roark was always true to himself and his work, refusing to succumb to conventional wisdom.
Roark Capital Group's investment style and business philosophy is meant to emulate the life of Howard Roark.
www.roarkcapital.com /about_meaning.html   (242 words)

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