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Rearden is the embodiment of productivity, just as Galt
represents the mind. His legendary capacity for hard work and his
integrity and skill have made him the most successful industrialist
in the country. At first, Rearden struggles with important misconceptions about
himself that undermine his ability to see his own greatness. He
undergoes a profound transformation in the course of the novel. Despite
operating his business based on a rational moral code that demands
value for value, he allows his family to sponge off of him and make
him feel guilty for his success. This makes him willing to sacrifice
himself for their flawed morality and saps his vitality. He also
mistakenly believes in a separation of the mind and body, which makes
him see physical desire as base and low, and the things of the mind
as unrelated to the physical world. Dagny and Francisco help him
to reject this idea, which enables him to embrace his own value.
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