Atlas Shrugged

Topics: Morality, Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Pages: 2 (834 words) Published: December 3, 2013
My favorite scene from the captivating Ayn Rand novel, “Atlas Shrugged”, would have to be when Mr. Hank Rearden, at his trial, declared “The public good be damned, I will have no part of it!” Mr. Rearden’s initial indictment is selling four thousand tons of his metal to Ken Dannager in defiance of the government’s new laws, but it is not this sale that gets him in deep trouble with the courts. It is not Hank Rearden’s motive of strictly profit upon which the people seek to be “the self-evident brand of ultimate evil”. Conversely, Mr. Rearden is faulted by his own moral thinking’s. When he states, “The public good be damned, I will have no part of it!” his announcement is his first true plea off innocence and his first effort to step away from the guilt that he has acknowledged for such a long period of time.

This scene would be the most meaningful to me because I am sometimes a person who feels very guilty about I did, but I do not acknowledge it until later on in the day or even week because I try to move on from it. I can sympathize with Mr. Hank Rearden also, because he is in a sticky situation with being charged with defying the new laws of government set recently. But what gets Hank Rearden in trouble for, and I too sometimes as well, is that he tries to play off his innocence to many situations and doubts his conscience constantly. This is evident in the case where Hank is having a relationship with Dagny and openly professes that he doesn’t love her after their first night together at Ellis Wyatt’s house. Mr. Rearden also states that their “relationship” is something that he has “given in to a desire which I despise”.

I also chose this scene as my favorite in Atlas Shrugged, because it shows that Hank Rearden has a great deal of frustration with the American government and they way they are treating the citizens. He elects to stand up for himself and in doing so, condescends the people present in the courtroom, as well as the citizens that have...
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