HomeFEU Communication Journalvol. 5 no. 1 (2009)

The True Sermon in Stone: A Critique of Media in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

Arvin William H. Dauz | Cherish Aileen A. Brillon



“Profound” is a word overused in reviews. Too much really, that when people search for what is profound in a novel, play, movie or album what they get is something closer to pretentious. Characters made to come on as heroes, plots hyped to epic proportions, social impact ballyhooed as life-changing almost always presents basically insecure caricatures with unbelievable abilities not supported by credible foregrounding (read: they’re great just because they are), plots without adherence to the basic theme peppered with ubiquitous but unnecessary twists and a message that is but an unimaginative regurgitation of a long-accepted idea.