Monday, May 19, 2014

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Open For Submission

The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is on! Essays will be judged on both style and content. Winners must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand said Atlas Shrugged is a mystery novel, not about the murder of man's body, but about the murder — and rebirth — of man's spirit.

Contest information

Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates and Graduate Students

Entry deadline: October 24, 2014

FIRST PRIZE: $ 10,000
3 SECOND PRIZES: $ 2,000
5 THIRD PRIZES: $ 1,000
25 FINALISTS: $ 100


Select ONE of the following three topics: 

1. In the novel, James Taggart’s first words are “Don’t bother me, don’t bother me, don’t bother me.” Why is this significant? How do his first words relate to his thoughts and actions throughout the novel?

2. At Hank Rearden’s wedding anniversary party, a guest says “Isn’t it odd? When a politician or a movie star retires, we read front page stories about it. But when a philosopher retires, people do not even notice it.” To which, Francisco D’Anconia replies, “They do, eventually.” What does Francisco mean? How does his answer relate to the theme of the novel?

3. Explain Ragnar Danneskjold’s statement that Robin Hood is the one man he is out to destroy. What is the deeper moral meaning of his claim?

Essays must be postmarked no later than October 24, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time.

Details, conditions and submission here >>>

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