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Part I, Chapter 2: The Chain

Greg Salmieri and Ben Bayer discuss the following questions for Part I, Chapter 2, of Atlas Shrugged: “The Chain.” 

  • Question 1: Why does Rearden “put his name on everything he touches,” and what can we infer about his character from this?
  • Question 2: How does Lillian’s treatment of Hank compare to the rest of his family’s treatment of him?
  • Question 3: How is Rearden’s approach to problems in his personal life like and unlike his approach to problems in his career?
  • Question 4: In what respects are Rearden and Dagny alike, and in what respects are they different?
  • Question 5: Does Rearden need personal relationships? How can we tell?
  • Question 6: What other questions and observations do you have about Part I, Chapter 2?

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Gregory Salmieri
Gregory Salmieri

Gregory Salmieri is an Anthem Foundation Fellow in philosophy. He teaches philosophy at Rutgers University, and has previously held teaching and research positions at Boston University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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