The Fountainhead Essay Contest in USA: 1ST PLACE - $5,000 (1 Winner), 2ND PLACE - $1,000 (3 Winners), 3RD PLACE - $500 (5 Winners)
In the first note she wrote for The Fountainhead, Ian Rand described her purpose as "defending the true meaning of selfishness... a new definition of egoism and its living examples." Later, it affirmed The theme is "Individualism and collectivism, not in politics, but in the human soul; the psychological motives and basic premises that produce individualism or collectivism."
The selfish "living example" is Howard Locke , "An architect and innovator who breaks tradition, [and] does not recognize any authority except his own independent judgment." Locke's individualism is in sharp contrast to the spiritual collectivism of many people. The other characters are variants of the "second-hand" theme: thinking, acting, and second-hand life.
Roark is struggling to endure not only professional rejection, but also the hostility of Ellsworth Toohey, dear humanitarian and architectural critic, powerful publisher Gail Wynand and beautiful columnist Dominique Ver Rankin (Dominique Francon), he loves him passionately, but wants to ruin his career. The font has earned Rand an enduring reputation as one of the greatest champions of individualism in history.
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Essays will be judged based on whether students have the ability to defend and prove their opinions, not whether the college agrees with the opinions expressed by students. The judges will seek clear, clear and logically organized writing. Award-winning essays must show an outstanding understanding of the philosophical significance of "The Fountainhead".