Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in Atlas Shrugged

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Music and sound are running themes throughout the novel. It's no mistake that music is tied to the strike and to Galt's value system. Meanwhile, sound, unappealing, dangerous, and even deadly, is l...

Setting

We really could have just put "the world" for the setting, or at the very least America. This is a sweeping book with a worldwide scope. We have characters traveling all over the continental United...

Narrator Point of View

The narrator here is wholly omniscient, meaning that the narrator can let us in on any character's inner thoughts or back story at will. But we rarely hear just the narrator's voice, independent of...

Genre

That's a long list, but this book is crazy long, so it's not surprising that it incorporates a lot of different genres. We'll break it down into bite-sized pieces.First up, dystopian literature. A...

Tone

For the most part, the tone of Atlas Shrugged is straightforward and somewhat unemotional. It is often weirdly detached in places, which helps contribute to the book's vaguely mysterious, ominous a...

Writing Style

That probably seems like a random list, but all these styles are in fact interconnected. Just stick with us for a bit. This is a big book in more ways than one (not just in that it makes a great do...

What's Up With the Title?

Upon hearing this title, your first reaction may be, "huh?" Who is Atlas? Why is he shrugging? Well, first off, Atlas refers to a Greek myth. In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan. The Titans had a...

What's Up With the Ending?

The ending of the book is kind of a downer and a half, which feels like a bit of a rip-off considering that we've stuck around for thousands of pages. We do get a positive, heroes-saving-the-day mo...

Tough-o-Meter

This is not an easy book. It's insanely long, dense, complicated, half the time you don't know what's going on (it is a mystery, but still), there seem to be hundreds of characters (was Ayn Rand ch...

Plot Analysis

From the beginning until Hank and Dagny return from WisconsinDuring this stage we meet most of our major characters, and the main quests are put into motion: to build the John Galt Line to save Col...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Overcoming the Monster

From the introduction of Eddie and his sense of doom through the period where the John Galt Line is builtIn this stage we learn that something is very wrong, although what that is remains mysteriou...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Volume 1: from the introduction of our major players (Dagny and Hank) to the dramatic exit of Ellis Wyatt.Volume 2 Colorado fails, things get worse, and Dagny's fate is uncertain after a dramatic p...

Trivia

Ayn Rand was a staunch anti-communist, largely because of her bad experiences in Soviet Russia. In America, she became involved in anti-communist politics. She testified as a "friendly witness" at...

Steaminess Rating

There is a lot of sex in this book, though for the most part it's not overly explicit. There's nothing pornographic here; sex is a part of these people's lives and it's mentioned accordingly throug...

Allusions

This book has a surprisingly small number of shout-outs, especially given how long, philosophical, and intellectual it is. But the book is set in an alternate universe, so the number of "real world...
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