Study Guide

The Fountainhead Characters

By Ayn Rand

Howard Roark

Howard Roark: you either love him or you hate him. You either succumb to his enigmatic charms or...

Ellsworth Toohey

There are a few professions that just scream "evil." Mad scientist, corrupt politician, creepy...

Dominique Francon

Dominique sounds like she'd be totally comfortable on a blazing August afternoon: the words that...

Peter Keating

If you've ever watched Mad Men you'll be familiar with a character named Pete Campbell, who is so...

Gail Wynand

Like Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront, Gail Wynard could have been a contender. Wynard had so...

Catherine (Katie) Halsey

Katie Halsey is one of the book's most fascinating characters. She's also (unlucky for us) one of...

Guy Francon

Guy Francon: powerhouse architect and businessman and pathetic old man. Seemingly contradictory,...

Henry Cameron

Henry Cameron is an awesomesauce architect who is basically an older (and unluckier) version of...

Stephen Mallory

Poor Stephen Mallory got off to a very rocky start in this book. In fact, when we first meet him...

Austen Heller

Austen Heller is a wealthy social activist who seems—the first time we meet him—like...

Mrs. Louisa Keating

Mrs. Keating is your classic overbearing mother. She's overly involved in her son's life, and she...

Claude Stengel

Stengel is the designer who does all the work at the successful firm of Francon and Heyer, even...

Mike Donnigan

Mike is a tough electrician who becomes one of Roark's best friends. Mike initially thinks that...

Alvah Scarrett

Scarrett's last name sounds like the word "scared," which clues us in to the nature of his...

Lucius Heyer

Lucius Heyer is Francon's partner in the firm, and he's basically around for his money and his...