Apr 01, 2023
Apr 01, 2023
More by : Nikhil Sharda
|It is easy to say a few words or talk so independently about the "soul" and I appreciate the ease and comfort you have understood this(and written).|
How does one reach to the point where he/she knows exactly what is the value of the soul or what exactly is the soul?
How does one realize or where does one draw the line to remain astray and profound on his/her path?
Where do you draw the line after which the society does not matter to you at all?
Is it about choosing what you love and doing it as originally as possible?
Everything that you choose or describe as the love of your life is nothing but an influence that you have picked up from some source or the other. It may be the parents in childhood or the teachers in the first school or something that your mind first got stuck at. is that not? When everything is like that, one does not have the right to call anything his or her own.
I think it is about letting any and everything come to you and then doing it with the utmost sincerity and honesty, without the society or the people around you affecting you in even the smallest way. That's when you are truly being honest with your "Soul"
As Charles Bukowski said "Find what you love and let it kill you"
Roark found what he loved and let it kill him. That was the pinnacle of honesty one could achieve with him/her SELF.
At the end, the lines that affected me the most
"When one sells one’s soul for the “benefit” of others, there is only an empty void, a vacuum that is left in its place – a vacuum to be filled by people like Toohey, who are only too good at destroying whatever self worth remains within an individual"
I would love to read/ talk about your take on this.
Thank You Mr. Sharda for taking some time out and writing such a wonderful piece( I write this knowing that you wouldn't care for this compliment)
|That's a very good analysis of character. More than critical appreciation of the novel its a critical appreciation of characters - and yes, dts what The Fountain Head is all about! |
Having your own way always is difficult no doubt, but can be misleading as well. But Roark's as portrayed by the novelist is an embodiment of positive-purity. he is a character who remained untouched from dirt, impurity from the start-to-end; and his purity (or divinity) changed the lives of people associated to him. He was kind of a mirror which when stood in front of a person, his own reflection was seen. Dts why Keating broke, coz he was fragmented from within; and when he faced Roark, he saw his reflection of his broken pieces. Similarly, Gail Wynand was a manipulative, proud soul, but he had a fair side and he got his punishments accordingly, without being mercilessly slaughtered. i guess Wynand's fair-side helped him to accept him with his faults more easily and at ease which led to his pat of redemption. And at the end, one of the most beautiful women-character i personally admire, Dominique... her pure-love, gets a perfect reflection in Roark; where their actions, specifically hers had no reactions on their "purity of love". in the end when she reveals herself and her actions to save-guard her lover, is justified and rewarded.
thanks for taking me down the memory lane... a very thought provoking review i must say :)
|Well written review! The last paragraph has rendered the absolute impact and point served, delivered, game, match.|
|Very nice review! I liked the novel very much and Roark's character was awesome!|