This book depicts a collectivist society, where every part of every person's life is regulated. This society shuns individuality, and the mottos include: "We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever." and "We are nothing. Mankind is all...We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State." Everyone in this society refers to his or herself as "we" because the word used to refer ... Atlas Shrugged
There are many different themes in this book. Most notable are the tones of capitalism vs. communism and the the producers in society vs. those who mooch off of the government.
Dagny Taggart is the female protagonist. This is a story about one person's fight against government corruption and greed. As an executive for one of the biggest railroads in the country run by her brother, she is frustrated by the lack of production from other workers unti... The Fountainhead
Howard Roark is a man with extraordinary vision. His creative genius, however, is supressed by the restraints of society and the accepted "norms" of life. The main philosophical question the novel presents is whether to work to fulfill self-desires, or to work for the greater good, or the good of others. The argument Rand makes, is that ultimately, unless you work to fulfill your own desires, all achievement will fall short and no one will benefit. ...