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    Default Ayn Rand Characters

    My initial run down from reading Atlas Shrugged and over half of The Fountain Head

    Atlast Shrugged

    Dagny Taggart INTx
    Francsico ENTP
    Hank Rearden INTJ
    John Galt INTP
    Lilly Rearden ISFJ
    Eddie Willers INFJ


    Fountain Head

    Howard Roark INTJ
    Dominque Francon INTP
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    I really dislike rational egoism as a philosophy and especially as a sorry excuse for an ethical system, but she herself seems pretty solid INTP, with a fondness for the type.
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    Ayn Rand most certainly was INTJ.

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    Rand is definitely INTJ. Also this thread shouldn't be to debate about Objectivism or opinions about Rand, but the characters in her novels. Anyway, it seems like just mentioning her name anywhere will start heated arguments so let's not go there.

    As for her books I've only read Atlas Shrugged but here goes:

    Dagny Taggart: XNTJ
    James Taggart: ESFP
    Eddie Willers: ISFJ
    Hank Rearden: INTJ
    His mom: ESFJ
    Philip Rearden: XSFP
    Lillian Rearden: XSFJ
    John Galt: XNTP
    Francisco d'Anconia: ENTP
    Ragnar Danneskjöld: ENXP
    Cherryl Brooks: ISFP

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    There were two types of characters in Atlas Shrugged: competent INTJ, and incompetent ESFJ.

    She didn't particularly care for giving her characters depth - she just used them as a plot device to explain her philosophy.
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    I may be misinformed: I know less about Rand's personal life than her ideas/work. Anyways, I always took Galt and Roark as INTPs, and as projections of Rand herself. As Edgar suggests, heroes are glorified Mary Sues, antagonists are straw men.

    (Which is not a referendum on ESFJs or INTJs, but more that the author took attributes she liked or disliked and then added universally bad characteristics, like incompetency or idiocy, to them)
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    Ayn Rand heroes also look hot while either working hard or swimming naked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZPowers View Post
    I may be misinformed: I know less about Rand's personal life than her ideas/work. Anyways, I always took Galt and Roark as INTPs, and as projections of Rand herself. As Edgar suggests, heroes are glorified Mary Sues, antagonists are straw men.

    (Which is not a referendum on ESFJs or INTJs, but more that the author took attributes she liked or disliked and then added universally bad characteristics, like incompetency or idiocy, to them)


    i havent even read any of the books, just watched about 20 minutes of one of the movies, but what she said about the press sensationalizing the plight of the poor really put me off. part of me did like the protagonist quite a bit though, strangely enough. maybe it was the obvious aura of elitism and insufferability?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    Ayn Rand heroes also look hot while either working hard or swimming naked.
    out of sheer xntj awesomeness

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