The paper "Success and Moral in The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand" is an inspiring example of a book review on social science. According to author Ayn Rand, in the novel the fountainhead, the ego is expressed as individualism and collectivism in the human soul. The novel is an examination of the life of an idealistic architect who does not compromise with the prevailing values in building design. Howard Roark, the lead character of the novel does not compromise at any stage in his life and struggles for everything. Though he was brilliant he was thrown out of the architectural school due to his no-compromise attitude.
His friend Keating, who succeeds with his help, also resents him. He finds refuse with Henry Cameron who has been faced a situation like that of Roark in his past days. Henry shares the vision of Roark. Henry dies and asks Roark to find an answer for everything. After this Roark unable to sustain Henry’ s firm and finds work at a quarry owned by Keating’ s firm owner Dominique Francon. She recognizes Roark’ s capability and falls in love with him.
To bring realization in Roark, Dominique asks Keating to marry her, instead of the woman he liked. She wants to hinder the Roark’ s professional career as she feels that the world is unworthy of Roark’ s creations. Keating’ s former lover’ s uncle Toohey plots for destroying the Roark’ s creations legally and succeeds in it. After this and divorce with Keating and due to Toohey, Dominique and Gail Wynand meet. Dominique marries Wynand to test Roark further. Wynand develops a friendship with Roark, unknown of the affair between him and his wife.
He wants to isolate his wife and Roark from their work and fails in doing so. The climax of the novel is a consequence of Keating’ s desperate request with Roark to help him in designing a building. The condition is that there should be no intervention or alteration in the Roark’ s design. This does not happen and Roark calculatedly blows up the building with the help of Dominique and she pretends that there is no role of her in the blast. After this Roark stands trial for the crime he committed by blowing up the building.
Wynand defends Roark in his papers and loses popularity. When he opposes Roark, his popularity soars again. At the court, Roark expounds at length at his deeds and will be acquitted at the end. After that Roark and Dominique marry and Roark receives a final commission from Wynand for building a skyscraper. With this climax, Roark will be a successful architect as wished by Dominique. Practical Success and Moral The view that emerged in the novel is that practical success is not instant when a professional strives for moral values.
It may be difficult to achieve, but not impossible. The values of a perfect man take time to sink into the people of the capitalist’ s mind as they are hard to digest. When a common man or a capitalist finds a view opposite to that of his beliefs, he instantly refuses to accept it. Roark faces this rejection in the majority of incidents in his life.