Dagny Taggart

I quite appreciated Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, although I know that is a controversial view. It is a novel of ideas but also some remarkable characters that embody those ideas. Miss Dagny Taggart was a heroine of the novel and surprisingly sexy and feminine for all her businesswoman persona. At one stage, if I recall correctly, she keeps house for one of the heroes.

I haven’t seen the recent film depictions, but I felt the actress chosen was not how I imagined Dagny. In my mind, she looks a bit like this.images-4968

A full movie doesn’t seem to be available, but these are some excerpts from Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. In other words, a somewhat sexier Ayn Rand, no?

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 29, 2017 at 1:03 am

      This is quite a good note on Dagny:

      http://www.shmoop.com/atlas-shrugged/dagny-taggart.html

      Rand was something of an anti-feminist and Dagny is portrayed as a woman among men (a girl in some ways, since she is described as girlish physically).

      That is, Dagny is a sort of honorary man, which is how Rand saw herself.

      As that article remarks, Dagny reacts very femininely to the men she admires. I suspect Rand knew that men are the ones who keep civilisation running but she wanted to provide an example of how an exceptional woman might fit into such a world.

      I haven’t seen the recent movies but I suspect they will get her wrong and portray her as a sort of feminist. In fact, she was rather different: a kind of woman that is rare but did used to be portrayed in popular culture (Lois Lane in the Superman mythos is a good example.)

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