Study Guide

The Fountainhead Part 4, Chapter 18

By Ayn Rand

Part 4, Chapter 18

  • Roark represents himself at the trial, as usual. He should just take the bar exam at this point.
  • He chooses an unsympathetic jury, deliberately. Because otherwise the trial would be boring.
  • Keating delivers testimony like an automaton, or a robot. He's been totally defeated by Toohey.
  • The basic case against Roark is that he illegally blew up a government housing project meant for helpless poor people.
  • Roark makes a speech about his beliefs, though, and gets everyone pumped up about individualism, artistic integrity, the coolness of architecture, capitalism, truth, justice, and the American way.
  • The jury acquits him for his awesome speaking skills and just ignores the fact that blowing up buildings is totally illegal.
  • Wynand walks out of the court quietly.