Ideal man / Ideal woman of Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’
Morals and ethics are becoming more stringent with time all over the world especially by imposing stifling expectations on women in concerning their societal roles. When the novel was written women had just then begun to see the seeds of their struggle in gaining rights to get an education and employment. Under such pressure it is understandable why Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’ should have drawn stinging criticism from critiques, most importantly feminists. When the novel was published the role of a woman was clearly defined as homemakers and maternal beings. The clichéd conventional standards were being challenged which undeniably had paved way for considerable positive changes in the emancipation of women. The conflicting views between Ayn Rand and feminist criticism lies in the treatment of Dominique and her first intimate encounter with Roark. Hence this paper seeks to answer the question as to whether the efforts by feminists have resulted in women breaking away from one mould to be subjected to an alternate mould in the context of criticism Ayn rand has contracted through her novel ‘The Fountainhead’.