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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged


by Ayn Rand

The Young Mother

Character Analysis

This is actually the only good mother we meet in the entire book, standing in dramatic contrast to the book's other prominent mother, Mrs. Rearden. Actually, Mrs. Taggart probably wasn't a bad mother, but we are talking here about mothers living under the looters' system, so she doesn't really count. At any rate, the Young Mother accompanied her husband to Atlantis in order to raise their children in a positive environment. The mother describes her work as a job like any other in Atlantis: productive work demanding both values and the use of the mind.