Why was money so much important to Francisco and James Taggart in Atlas Shrugged?
Could it be that he was named after the heroine in Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" whose name was Dagny Taggart? BTW, this is the same novel that Paul Ryan said was the major influence in making him who he was until he discovered that Ayn Rand was an atheist who believed in abortion and equal rights for women.
I think that Atlas Shrugged is a prequel to Anthem. think about it - Atlas Shrugged is about the fall of capitalism in America, and all the while, "John Gault" goes around proclaiming a society in which everyone is equal and valued. Anthem is about a man who liberates himself from a collectivist society, which could be the John Gault society of the future...
The title of the book is best explained by a conversation between Francisco and Hank Rearden. Below is a quotation within Atlas Shrugged from that discussion(Part 1, page 422). "Mr. Rearden," said Francisco, his voice solemnly calm, "if you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft…
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Did Dagny Taggart betray Eddie Willers by not telling him where Galt's Gulch was in 'Atlas Shrugged'?
She does not tell him because she did not know the exact location herself, so that would not be betrayal. Another view: Of course it was a betrayal. She knew how to get in contact with the men of the valley, most especially John Galt. If nothing else, she could have told the men of the valley about Eddie, so they could go get him.
Atlas Shrugged is about society. the novel promotes a capitalist economy in which there is total equality. Meaning the government is uninvolved and earnings are based upon effort, talent, and productivity. It dispels the idea of selfishness meaning serving oneself and promotes that the "perfect" human is one who serves themselves the best they can. This is the basis of Objectivism Ayn Rand's philosophy.