Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged

1. SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS:
– Francisco dAnconia says that the words to make money hold the essence of human morality. What does he mean? What are todays prevalent moral attitudes toward money? Do you agree with Franciscos view? Explain why or why not.

– Atlas Shrugged is both a celebration of business and a defense of it against widespread attacks. Judging from the novel, as well as from Ayn Rands essay What Is Capitalism? and her speech Americas Persecuted Minority: Big Business, why does she think business should be defended and championed? What does she think is a proper defense of business, and why?

– Ragnar Danneskjld says he loves that which has rarely been loved, namely, human ability. What do you think he means? How does his position relate to the idea: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need? Do you agree or disagree with Ragnars attitude? Explain.

2. CRITERIA
Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her viewnot on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.

3. The essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.