Meaningful Scenes In The Fountainhead English Literature Essay

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During the novel The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, I found a myriad amount of meaningful scenes, but one that never left my memory was a piece at the end of the novel where Howard Roark sets a building on fire and Dominique cuts herself harshly enough to faint in the driver's seat of a car to make the abomination look as though it were an accident. Not only do her actions show the love she has for Roark but it also shows her dedication to him. Dominique and Roark's chemistry is the most powerful point through the entire novel(and what does this chemistry add to the book? How does it affect the plot? The characters? The final outcome?).

When you first begin to read The Fountainhead the last two people that should be together are Dominique and Howard Roark, but at the same time this is what makes their love so interesting. Explain why these two shouldn't be together. Why doesn't that make sense? Dominique is drawn to Roark because of how unique and independent he is. He doesn't follow any crowd and he has a profoundly strong minded individual. Another point that should be made is that when a daughter is looking to marry, most of them automatically points to the man who is most like their father, but because Dominique dislikes her father she will follow the man most opposite from him(A quotation from this scene is the book would be excellent here). All women are down for a chaise because they all want what they can't have(Good! I like how you explained your book reference here). Dominique is no different. Dominique cares for Roark so much that she intentionally tries to ruin him so that nobody from the outside world can. By doing this she also tortures herself to help Roark. How? How does she torture herself? Give an example from the book. This what? all shows how much Dominique needed Roark. It would be an understatement to say that she was just simply in love with him.

This scene starts when Roark's enemy/acquaintance Peter Keating asks Howard for help in a contract he signed to make a division called Cortlandt Homes. Keating was to make it so the housing was built cheap and easy to maintain. Keating knew he couldn't take on this project all by himself; after all it was his last chance to stay on top on the architecture business. Roark decided to make the designs for the Cortlandt project and let Keating take the credit as long as there were no changes made to his design. Roark didn't necessarily care for the publicity but more for the pride and joy of seeing his personal design built. When the Roark returns to New York, where the project is being constructed, he visits the site and comes across additions made to his design. Though it was not Keating that made these additions but it was Ellsworth Toohey, a gossiping enemy that constantly strides to bring Howard Roark down. One Monday night Roark asks Dominique to bring him to the site and pretend she is out of gas so the night watchmen would leave to a gas station a mile away. Roark specifically orders Dominique to stay in the car when he walks away. But when he left she got out of the car and witnessed an abomination of the Cortlandt Homes, also smashed by a piece of machinery. Dominique frantically steps back into the car and slit her neck, legs, and arms to look as though she never got out of the car. When the police arrived at the scene she was just about dead.(Too much summary. You only need about half of this because it isn't a book report. Imagine that the reader has already read the book and knows what scene you are referring to.) During this time Dominique was punishing herself by marrying a man by the name of Wynand and when she awakes the next morning she found herself in his penthouse. Both Roark and Dominique agree that they wanted to be together forever, so Dominique moved out of Wynand's penthouse and returned to Roark.

At the trial for the explosion of the Cortlandt project, Roark represents himself and Keating admits to the fact that Roark designed the project. "Roark says that he gave the Cortlandt to his fellow men, but he destroyed it because he could not stand to see it corrupted."(Spark Notes 54). Roark was then found not guilty.

Because of the fact that Dominique would intentionally hurt herself to prove that she followed Roark's rules shows the extremes she would go through for the man she truly loved.(Okay, this is the part that I want you to focus on. Why? For what reason?) The only reason Dominique ever married another man was to bring herself through pain and try to destroy Roark before anyone else got the chance too. This was not the first time Dominique challenged him but it was the most meaningful. The novel also shows that Roark doesn't care for what anyone else thinks about his work, but only what he thinks. He didn't mind what Toohey would write about him or what the public would say and that is what kept his so strong throughout his dilemmas. It takes extreme talent to make something so immaculate from absolutely nothing. This was the total opposite of Peter Keating, who took pride in the public's opinion instead of just taking pride that he had accomplished something that was nobody else's but his. Then again, Keating never truly designed a building that was only his, but stuck to the classical columns in front of a building that naturally called attention without really trying.

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