* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

The Twentieth Century Motor Factory

Character Analysis

The Twentieth Century Motor Factory is one of the book's ongoing mysteries and a sort of microcosm of the country as a whole. The downfall of the Factory, like that of the country, was caused by bad values and ideas, featured a whole series of heroes and villains, and ended in disaster. It's no mistake that the incidents at the Factory served as the catalyst for Galt's strike. The factory itself housed great promise (Galt's motor) and great evil (in the form of its terrible policies), which are represented in the various people connected with it.

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement