The Assignment: Four ways of looking at _insert topic here_ (based on the Reader's Digest column, which is definitely worth reading). Write four short pieces pertaining to a single theme or object, each from a different angle. (At least one must be a literary allusion).

My Prompt: Beauty

My Choices: *Beauty is ugly (a discussion of plastic surgery and eating disorders) *Beauty is a fat black woman (based on a wonderful poem by Grace Nichols) *Beauty is Erik, and lastly, presented for you now, *Beauty is man as an ideal being (a reflection on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead).

Read, enjoy, review always, but especially if it's before October 26, so I can make changes before the due date. Do the imbedded quotes work? Thanks!

I'm really not happy with this because I have a 250-word cap and I can't really get my point across in such a small space. Also, my teacher never read The Fountainhead, so I have to give some background that really breaks continuity. I'm going to do a rewrite on my own time. Please check back for it in a few days so I can redeem myself.

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Beauty is man…

It is man displayed in his highest form, as illustrated in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. The architect Roark sees "man as a heroic being" and builds "a temple to the human spirit". He has seen the beauty of the human soul and builds according to the ideology that "a place built for man is a sacred place."

Dominique Francon is a physically attractive woman made gloriously beautiful by the knowledge of the existence of man in his ideal state. Standing in the presence of men living up to their abilities, she poses for a statue of the human spirit. The power of humanity is captured in "the naked marble body, its head thrown back in exaltation, [making] the room look" surreal.

It is this sort of beauty that man has lost the ability to see. It is man as he represents his ideal image of himself, through flesh or stone or iron. It is mortal and tangible and more beautiful than any ethereal being could hope to be.

Oh, god! The Objectivists have eaten my brain. (I know you're laughing at me, monsieur!)