The book explores what occurs when the thinkers go on strike.
Dagny Taggart[ edit ] Dagny Taggart is the protagonist of the novel. He is a childhood friend, and the first love, of Dagny Taggart. Before working for Taggart Transcontinental, Galt worked as an engineer for the Twentieth Century Motor Company, where he secretly invented a generator of usable electric energy from ambient static electricity, but abandoned his prototype, and his employment, when dissatisfied by an easily corrupted novel system of payment.
This prototype was found by Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden. Galt himself remains concealed throughout much of the novel, in a valley by himself, where he unites the most skillful inventors and business leaders under his leadership.
He owns the most important steel company in the United States, and invents Rearden Metal, an alloy stronger than steel with similar properties to stainless steel.
He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Lillian, his brother Philip, and his elderly mother. His father and grandfather worked for the Taggarts, and himself likewise.
He is completely loyal to Dagny and to Taggart Transcontinental. After Dagny shifts her attention and loyalty to saving the captive Galt, Willers maintains the railroad until its collapse.
Taggart is an expert influence peddler but incapable of making operational decisions on his own. He relies on his sister, Dagny Taggart, to actually run the railroad, but nonetheless opposes her in almost every endeavor because of his various anti-capitalist moral and political beliefs.
In a sense, he is the antithesis of Dagny. This contradiction leads to the recurring absurdity of his life: In the final chapters of the novel, he suffers a complete mental breakdown upon realizing that he can no longer deceive himself in this respect.
Lillian Rearden[ edit ] The unsupportive wife of Hank Rearden, who dislikes his habits and secretly at first seeks to ruin Rearden to prove her own value.
This information is used to persuade Rearden to sign a Gift Certificate which delivers all the property rights of Rearden Metal to others. Lillian thereafter uses James Taggart for sexual satisfaction, until Hank abandons her. Floyd Ferris[ edit ] Ferris is a biologist who works as "co-ordinator" at the State Science Institute.
He uses his position there to deride reason and productive achievement, and publishes a book entitled Why Do You Think You Think?
He clashes on several occasions with Hank Rearden, and twice attempts to blackmail Rearden into giving up Rearden Metal. He is also one of the group of looters who tries to get Rearden to agree to the Steel Unification Plan. Ferris hosts the demonstration of the Project X weapon, and is the creator of the Ferris Persuader, a torture machine.
When John Galt is captured by the looters, Ferris uses the device on Galt, but it breaks down before extracting the information Ferris wants from Galt.
Ferris represents the group which uses brute force on the heroes to achieve the ends of the looters. He has since become a sell-out, one who had great promise but squandered it for social approval, to the detriment of the free. He works at the State Science Institute where all his inventions are perverted for use by the military, including the instrument of his demise: The character was, in part, modeled on J.
Robert Oppenheimerwhom Rand had interviewed for an earlier project, and his part in the creation of nuclear weapons. Wesley Mouch[ edit ] The incompetent and treacherous lobbyist whom Hank Rearden reluctantly employs in Washingtonwho rises to prominence and authority throughout the novel through trading favours and disloyalty.
In return for betraying Hank by helping broker the Equalization of Opportunity Bill which, by restricting the number of businesses each person may own to one, forces Hank to divest most of his companieshe is given a senior position at the Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources.
Later in the novel he becomes its Top Co-ordinator, a position that eventually becomes Economic Dictator of the country. Secondary characters[ edit ] The following secondary characters also appear in the novel.
He was, along with Robert Stadler, a father figure to these three. She thought he must have been one of those great names from an earlier century. He now works as a cook in a roadside diner, and proves extremely skillful at the job. When Dagny tracks him down, and before she discovers his true identity, he rejects her enthusiastic offer to manage the dining car services for Taggart Transcontinental.
He is based on Aristotle. Instead of throwing him out, she allows him to ride as her guest.
Blodgett is the scientist who pulls the lever to demonstrate Project X. Bill Brent is the chief dispatcher for the Colorado Division of Taggart Transcontinental, who tries to prevent the Taggart Tunnel disaster. Cherryl Brooks is a dime store shopgirl who marries James Taggart after a chance encounter in her store the night the John Galt Line was falsely deemed his greatest success.
She marries him thinking he is the heroic person behind Taggart Transcontinental. Upon learning that her scorn had been misdirected, Cherryl puts off apologizing to Dagny out of shame until the night before she commits suicide, when she confesses to Dagny that when she married Jim, she thought he had the heroic qualities that she had looked up to - she thought she was marrying someone like Dagny.
She eventually commits suicide, unable to live with her worthless husband, and unable to escape.Ayn Rand Author's Note: In Atlas Shrugged, the hero, John Galt, makes a radio speech to the nation revealing the strike of the producers and explaining its rationale.
John Galt (/ ɡ ɔː l t /) is a character in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged (). Although he is not identified by name until the last third of the novel, he is the object of its often-repeated question "Who is John Galt?" and of the quest to discover the answer.
Analysis and discussion of characters in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. John Galt is the primary male hero of Atlas timberdesignmag.com initially appears as an unnamed menial worker for Taggart Transcontinental, who often dines with Eddie Willers in the employees' cafeteria, and leads Eddie to reveal important information about Dagny Taggart and Taggart Transcontinental.
Galt represents the main theme of the novel and of Rand’s philosophy: the idea that the mind is the only means by which man can achieve prosperity. The mind is the motive power that drives civilization, just as the motor Galt develops can drive industry.
John Galt. Galt is the most important character in the novel and the driving force behind its action. The strike that he conceives, organizes, and carries out is .