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I'm answering a few questions based on Atlas Shrugged in the form of an essay, wherein I am required to discuss a particular character and relate his role to the theme of the story.

Kind of clueless. Help?

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I'll assume that you have identified the theme (or a theme) of the story...

Here are some questions that might give you some ideas:

  • What is the character's role in the story? (How would the story be different if the character were not in it?)
  • How do the character's actions demonstrate the theme (or violate it)?
  • What are the consequences to the character of acting in accordance with the theme (or of violating it)?
  • How do those consequences reinforce the theme, or argue against the theme, or refine the theme and demonstrate its subtlety and nuance?
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That greatly clarifies my task ahead. Thank you so much! :-) – Kuchiki Byakuya Jul 25 '13 at 12:58

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