The New Type of Hero in Ayn Rand's Novels and Its Historical Roots
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ABSTRACT:

This article examines the new type of hero created by Ayn Rand and finds its roots in Chernyshevsky's "new human." Rand's characters share such features as extremism, asceticism, escapism, and the desire to transform the world. Moreover, Rand's heroes exhibit the self-building and "wholeness" traits of the "superhuman" as found in myths and in Renaissance and Masonic ideas.


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