Atlas Shrugged

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"Who is John Galt?" is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand's masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world?and did. As passionate as it is profound, "Atlas Shrugged" is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity. Part mystery, part thriller, part philosophical inquiry, part volatile love affair, "Atlas Shrugged" is the book that confirmed Ayn Rand as one of the most popular novelist and most respected thinkers of the 20th century.

Author Biography

Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936. With The Fountainhead in 1943 she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience.

Table of Contents

Contextp. 1
Plot Overviewp. 5
Character Listp. 9
Analysis of Major Charactersp. 13
John Galtp. 13
Dagny Taggartp. 13
James (Jim) Taggartp. 14
Hank Reardenp. 14
Francisco D'Anconiap. 15
Themes, Motifs & Symbolsp. 17
The Importance of the Mindp. 17
The Evils of Collectivismp. 17
The Need to Integrate Mind and Bodyp. 18
Rhetorical Questionsp. 18
Motive Powerp. 18
Bridgesp. 19
The Sign of the Dollarp. 19
The Braceletp. 19
Wyatt's Torchp. 20
Atlasp. 20
Summary & Analysisp. 21
Part One, Chapters I-IIp. 21
Part One, Chapters III-IVp. 24
Part One, Chapters V-VIp. 28
Part One, Chapters VII-VIIIp. 31
Part One, Chapters IX-Xp. 34
Part Two, Chapters I-IIp. 37
Part Two, Chapters III-IVp. 41
Part Two, Chapters V-VIp. 44
Part Two, Chapters VII-VIIIp. 46
Part Two, Chapters IX-Xp. 49
Part Three, Chapters I-IIp. 51
Part Three, Chapters III-IVp. 54
Part Three, Chapters V-VIp. 58
Part Three, Chapters VII-VIIIp. 61
Part Three: Chapters IX-Xp. 64
Important Quotations Explainedp. 66
Key Factsp. 71
Study Questions & Essay Topicsp. 74
Study Questionsp. 74
Suggested Essay Topicsp. 77
Review & Resourcesp. 78
Quizp. 78
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 84
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