The mighty oak

by Andrea Elizabeth

In the first chapter of Atlas Shrugged, Eddie Willers encounters a building with a crack in it the shape of lightning. He then remembers an oak tree from his youth that he thought was indestructible, but was struck down by lightning, revealing a decayed core. It seems the contrast is meant to convey that steel buildings are more durable and trustworthy than the strongest tree. But can a building reproduce itself as copiously as a tree? Did its grimy dark shadow shade as well as the oak on its soily, verdant hill? Still, i want to see where she goes with it.