Blood Diamond And The Fountainhead
By, Isiah Williams
The Fountainhead was a very interesting book and Blood Diamond was a very
good, exciting movie. The author of The Fountainhead was a lady named Ayn Rand and
the director of Blood Diamond was Edward Zwick. The movie had very intense scenes
and you would not want to miss anything. The Fountainhead was very interesting and
really made you think about how many people can think their on ways when it comes to
their work. These two storylines have a sort of ambition that shows in each story and it
really excites the events or plots. Ambition is when its a desire for some type of
achievement or distinction. Ambition played a role in many characters and really made
them compare and their differences showed.
Blood Diamond was my favorite not just because it was a movie but because
it really had me paying attention to every little detail. The suspense and real life drama
really brought the characters ambitions out. A main Character in the Blood Diamond was
a guy named Solomon. One of the most interesting guys in the book The Fountainhead
was Howard Roark. These two characters were my favorites because their roles and ways
of doing things attracted me the most.
The Fountainhead was a book that I never would expect that I would finish
because of the less aggressiveness in the book. But turned out to have some great points
and messages in the story. Howard Roark was disliked because of the way he did his
work and not all the times you have to do what the public eye says is best for you. His
ambition was to get to the top by doing his on work and feeling proud that his
achievements can be done.
Blood Diamond was about a guy named Solomon who live in Sierra Leone in
Africa. His Family was captured by the rebels who are basically the bad guys. His
ambition was to do anything he could to get his family back. In the movie he showed his
ambition by going behind the rebels back and hiding a very big diamond he found in the
dirt. He was very scared but put the fear behind him because the most important thing
was to reunite with his family.
Solomon’s ambition can strongly relate to another character in the movie and
that is a white gun runner named Danny. Danny came back to Africa for the diamonds
that were being found and he ran into Solomon. Their paths can work together because
Danny wants the diamonds, Solomon has one and he wont give it up until he gets his
family back. At the end of the movie a man offers him a lot of money but Solomon turns
it down because nothing can replace his son and the rest of his family.
In The Fountainhead Roark’s intelligence was his drive to his goals and his
path. He was an independent person who thought his on ideas and caught peoples
attention by his work. The people surrounding him had a different view on the way he did
things. In the beginning of the story Roark got expelled from the Stanton Institute of
Technology because his professors, well most of them didn’t approve of Roark’s work.
Solomon’s ambition and Howard’s are different because Solomon really didn’t have a
reason to do all the things he did until the rebels took his family away, and Roark was
doing things the way he wanted to and that was his mindset from the very beginning. I
think Solomon wanted to be a good dad and the provider to his family just to have a good
life. But the challenges that came above forced him to want to do things that he didn’t
ever dream of doing.
The Rebels were the soldiers who were trained to kill because they were taking over
to gain power. Their ambition was to eliminate anybody in their path to get diamonds and
anything else they would admire. In the movie anybody who worked to find diamonds
would get watched by a guard and if the guard catches anybody who tries to take one will
get killed in a very violent way, sometimes a shot to the head or a semi automatic
machine gun blowing your body into pieces.
In Fountainhead the professors ambition can relate to the rebels. The professors
fought against Roark’s defenders and gave every reason to have him expelled from the
Institute. In the book the dean meets with Roark in his office and tells him that he had a
good cast of defenders but some professors like professor Peterkin threatened to resign if
Roark wasn’t expelled. The dean clearly said that he didn’t vote him out so most of
Roark’s professors did anything and everything to make sure that he gets expelled. Just
like the Rebels did anything they had to do to get the power and diamonds which was
killing and taking over land.
The leader of the rebels didn’t really care about the innocent helpless people his
soldiers were killing. He even brought kids into the situation and began training them to
kill and eliminate anybody who disobeys. Solomon’s son was captured and trained to kill
and at one scene Solomon found his son and his son threatened to kill him because his
son was hypnotized of all the violence the rebels taught him. This relates to the professors
of Fountainhead because they didn’t care about if Roark had a different way of doing
things and that his work made them view it wrong. They just immediately jump on his
case and wanted him out of the school.
Solomon and Danny started together and at one point their ambitions clashed
and Danny’s patience ran out. When Solomon took Danny to the place were he hid the
diamond Danny threatened Solomon and said that diamond better be there or im going to
kill you. In that scene you can feel the greed of Danny coming a long way trying to find
the diamond and the look on Solomon’s face hoping its still there. But they found it and
moved along and you can just sense that Solomon knew that nobody’s going to get in the
way of him.
Comparing to The Fountainhead it can relate to Roark and the dean of the
Stanton Institute. Roark wanted to finish school their, the way he wanted and didn’t want
to harm anybody. Just wanted to be successful and live a good life with his dream job.
The dean ambition was to run the institute and make sure his school was running in the
right path. Well both ambitions clashed because of actions taken by Roark. The greed of
the professors who didn’t like Roark made the dean and Roark come together to discuss
his expulsion from the nice school.
Roark played a very important part in his expulsion but you really cant blame
him. Even though he might have not did things the right way you shouldn’t be judged and
talked about like your some alien from outer space. He did what he felt was right and I
would do the same if I saw things differently I would use that way to my advantage.
That’s exactly what he did and he got punished for it and that’s the outrageous thing
about to me. In the story it wasn’t like he was a bad student or he just didn’t do work at
all its just not all people share the same brain cells and do everything just alike, his
ambition cant be put to a hold over a bad decision.
By seeing the movie Blood Diamond I really got to enjoy the experience of
what people went through in past history and the things that people overcame to live or
survive. I can really take out what the important things in life are really are and how your
family can be your greatest value. Solomon was a brave man and I would do the same for
In the book Fountainhead, Howard Roark really inspired me by his actions.
He worked hard and did things the way he knew how to do. I can really take out that the
way you do things may not be liked by everybody and you just have to do what’s right
for you. Always respect you as a person and never let anybody put you down .
These two storylines have many similarities that I have compared and out of
these stories I took out some lessons and some important points I can use later in life.
The similarities was very, so much attached to each other and I really saw how they
combined together. In my paper before I wrote this I said I never thought I would
complete this but I did and I guess that was my ambition for this whole project.