The winning essay must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of the book "Atlas Shrugged
—Topics Book by Ayn Rand
Select ONE of the following three topics:
1. Hank Rearden does not apply the same philosophy to his personal life that he applies to his business. In what way does this contradiction harm him psychologically and practically? What is the central error that he makes? How does correcting his error improve his life?
2. In Atlas Shrugged
, the heroes want to "make" money while the villains want, on the surface at least, to "have" money. What is the difference between these two views of money? Explain your answer by reference to actual events in the novel.
3. Choose one of the following pairs, and compare and contrast each character's approach to life and basic motivation:
a. Hank Rearden and Francisco d'Anconia
b. Dagny Taggart and Lillian Rearden
c. Eddie Willers and James Taggart
Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged
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