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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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TheFountainhead
LOST Book Club -LBC

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One of the first books to discuss with the LOST Book Club.

Please post your comments here, so we can keep this discussion all together.

Thanks! --Just Sayin' 19:58, July 19, 2010 (UTC)

LOST Reference

While noticably missing Kate, Sawyer is seen reading Ayn Rand's 1943 novel "The Fountainhead" in "Par Avion" S3/E12.

The title is a reference to Rand's statement that "man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress". Peter Keating in the book is in love with a woman called "Katie", Catherine Halsey.

Author

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter.

Philosophy

Ayn Rand's philosophy is Objectivism. Below is her quote...

"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."

Main Characters

Part One: Peter Keating

Part Two: Ellesworth Toohey

Part Three: Gail Wynand

Part Four: Howard Roark

Dominque Francon

Discussion Points

When participating in the discussion, please provide specific examples in your comment. For example; A response of "Roark and Sawyer are similar" doesn't reveal much of why you think this is true. However, by responding, "Howard Roark is similar to Sawyer because they both separate themselves from the remainder of the group. Examples of Roark separating himself are.... We see Sawyer separating himself when... To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to include your own questions. Also, please be considerate of all points of view and encourage participation.

1. How is Rand's philosophy played out in The Fountainhead?

2. Do you see any connections with this philosophy in the story of L O S T?

3. Focusing on the five main characters in The Fountainhead, who are their counterparts in L O S T?

  • Discuss each characters' similarities and differences with each other and their L O S T counterparts.

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 15:00, July 30, 2010 (UTC)

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