Roger Bissell Posted January 20, 2006 Share Posted January 20, 2006 For what it's worth, I still think that Dagny was unjustified in throwing aside Hank Rearden for John Galt. Ultimate-schmultimate. Dagny and Hank were friends, comrades, and lovers -- and they had a thoroughly fulfilling relationship. Plus, there was no rift of deception between them like there was between Dagny and Francisco, to ultimately doom their relationship. What was lacking? I don't get it. Also, I think Rearden took losing her to Galt just a little too magnimously, don't you think? I mean, if he had had a lapse and taken a government contract or had a quickie with Lillian while Dagny was missing, he could well understand and accept Dagny's ditching him. With well-deserved chagrin, even. But what's he supposed to make of her hopping from bed to bed in search of her "ideal man"? Is the good the enemy of the better?I also wonder if the whole scenario would have played out as well to readers if it had been Hank who cast aside Dagny in search of his "ideal woman." Atlas Shrugged resonates so well with women, in part because of the consciousness-raising of the Feminist movement, championing literary heroines being the ones in charge of the romantic destinies of all concerned, women being the ones who get to upgrade their love lives, while their erstwhile male partners are left holding the bag when they prove to have been "good, even damned good, but still not good enough." Can you imagine how disenfranchised women readers would have felt in reading a male-dominated novel, in which the heroine was treated like a used Kleenex? We have few enough women attendees at Objectivist events as it is. Want to wager how those numbers would differ if Dagny had been the one left in the dust by Hanky-poo?End of rant. I think that for literary license, Rand can do what she does, but in terms of realistic psychology, casting aside a perfectly good love relationship makes no sense. But I am willing to listen to reason on this. Anyone?REB Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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