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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

  

by Ayn Rand

Foil

Character Role Analysis

Francisco d'Anconia to Hank and Dagny

For the first two volumes, Francisco acts as a foil to both Hank and Dagny. He used to share Dagny's values, but now he appears to waste his natural talents and to live as a playboy. However, we later learn that this playboy persona was just a front and that Francisco is actually part of Galt's strike. Francisco has deliberately turned himself into a foil in order to guide potential strikers to Galt and help teach them some tough moral lessons.