Robert James Bidinotto wrote, "Rand rejected the literary convention that depth and plausibility demand characters who are naturalistic replicas of the kinds of people we meet in everyday life, uttering everyday dialogue and pursuing everyday values. But she also rejected the notion that characters should be symbolic rather than realistic. My characters are persons in whom certain human attributes are focused more sharply and consistently than in average human beings". If it turned out to be me, I have no right to complain".
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Robert James Bidinotto wrote, "Rand rejected the literary convention that depth and plausibility demand characters who are naturalistic replicas of the kinds of people we meet in everyday life, uttering everyday dialogue and pursuing everyday values. But she also rejected the notion that characters should be symbolic rather than realistic. My characters are persons in whom certain human attributes are focused more sharply and consistently than in average human beings. In addition, positions are expressed on a variety of other topics, including sex, politics, friendship, charity, childhood, and many others.
But this requires a rational moral code. She argues that, over time, coerced self-sacrifice must cause any society to self-destruct. Similarly, Rand rejects faith that "short-cut to knowledge", she writes in the novel, which in fact is only a "short-circuit" destroying knowledge , along with any sort of a god or higher being.
Atlas Shrugged can be seen as an answer to the question of what would happen if this sanction were revoked. When Atlas shrugs, relieving himself of the burden of carrying the world, he is revoking his sanction. Throughout Atlas Shrugged, numerous characters admit there is something wrong with the world that they cannot identify; frequently, they are struggling with the idea of sanction of the victim.
If it turned out to be me, I have no right to complain. She assigns virtue to the trait of rational self-interest. However, Rand contends moral selfishness does not mean a license to do whatever one pleases, guided by whims.
A code of rational self-interest rejects every form of human sacrifice, whether of oneself to others or of others to oneself. Galt himself lives a life of laissez-faire capitalism as the only way to live consistently with his beliefs.
In the world of Atlas Shrugged, society stagnates when independent productive achievers are socially demonized and even punished for their accomplishments. The action in Atlas Shrugged takes place at a time when society has reached the stage of dictatorship.
When and if this happens, that will be the time to go on strike, but not until then. The looters are proponents of high taxation, big labor, government ownership, government spending, government planning, regulation, and redistribution. Both use force to take property from the people who produced or earned it. Looting and mooching are seen at all levels of the world Atlas Shrugged portrays, from the looting officials Dagny Taggart must work around and the mooching brother Hank Rearden struggles with, to the looting of whole industries by companies like Associated Steel and the mooching demands for foreign aid by the starving countries of Europe.
Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or the looters who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into bread you need to survive tomorrow.
Destroyers seize gold and leave its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims.
Rand illustrates what a relationship between two self-actualized, equal human beings can be Rand denies the existence of a split between the physical and the mental, the desires of the flesh and the longings of the spirit. In Atlas Shrugged Rand introduces a theory of sex that is based in her broader ethical and psychological theories.
Rather than considering sexual desire a debasing animal instinct , Rand portrays it as the highest celebration of human values , a physical response to intellectual and spiritual values that gives concrete expression to what could otherwise be experienced only in the abstract.
Characters who lack clear purpose find sex devoid of meaning. Adultery is committed by three characters throughout the course of the novel. The first and predominate act is that of Hank Rearden, who sleeps with Dagny after the opening of the John Galt Line, to celebrate the success of his metal and her determination to have the line built. Rearden and allows the affair to continue until Hank manipulates the judicial system to obtain a divorce.
Later in the novel, as Mrs. Yet adultery is never addressed on moral grounds; the sex is addressed on its own, either as celebration of accomplishment or as an act of revenge. Fictional technology and Atlas as science fiction Edit Technological progress and intellectual breakthroughs in scientific theory both figure prominently in Atlas Shrugged, leading some observers to classify Atlas in the genre of science fiction.
But science can fulfill this role only in a society in which human beings are left free to conduct their business as they see fit. It peaked at 3 on December 8, , and was on the list for 22 consecutive weeks. Rand is said to have cried every day as the reviews came out. The book was dismissed by some as "a homage to greed", while author Gore Vidal described its philosophy as "nearly perfect in its immorality". Is it a nightmare?
Is it Superman — in the comic strip or the Nietzschean version? Atlas Shrugged is a celebration of life and happiness. Justice is unrelenting. Creative individuals and undeviating purpose and rationality achieve joy and fulfillment. Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should. Chambers is an ex-Communist. Chambers may have changed a few of his political views; he has not changed the method of intellectual analysis and evaluation of the Party to which he belonged.
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John Aglialoro left and Harmon Kaslow right produced the film. In , Albert S. Ruddy approached Rand to produce a cinematic adaptation of Atlas Shrugged. Rand agreed that Ruddy could focus on the love story. Jaffe hired screenwriter Stirling Silliphant to adapt the novel and he obtained approval from Rand on the final script. Peikoff would not approve the script they wrote and the deal fell through.