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The trickster, a figure who plays tricks or disobeys rules of behavior, is an archetype appearing in many cultures (read more)
Sasquatch, colloquially known as Bigfoot, is a legendary creature, a primate-like animal believed to inhabit the forests of North America, although people claim to have sighted the creature in every part of the United States and most of Canada. Akin to the infamous Yeti of the Himalayan Mountains, Sasquatch lore dates back to the earliest Native American tribes, and continued as regional phenomenon until the twentieth century, when the need to prove or debunk the existence of Bigfoot became a widespread fervor. Today, while most people are aware of Bigfoot stories but dismiss the creature as a mere footnote among such paranormal subjects as the Loch Ness Monster and UFOs, there are those trying to use science to prove Bigfoot is a real hominid living in America. Nevertheless, most scientists discredit the idea.
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Whether or not Sasquatch does in fact exist, its ability to capture widespread attention and imagination proves it to be a powerful symbol to Americans.
Popular Article: Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand (February 2, 1905 – March 6, 1982) was born Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum in Russia and emigrated to the United States to become an outspoken champion of capitalism. She was best known for her philosophy of Objectivism and her novels We the Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. Her philosophy and her fiction both emphasize the concepts of individualism and rational egoism ("rational self-interest") within a framework of free trade between actors motivated solely by value enhancement, unfettered by political or religious constraint.
Her novels were based upon the projection of the Randian hero, a man or woman whose ability and independent creative and responsible action causes conflict with individuals and systems that exploit through appeals for charity ("mooching") and the use of coercion and power ("looting") under the guise of government and religion. Rand viewed this hero as the personification of reason. The express goal of her fiction was to delineate in stark relief these principles by which, she believed, the world functions. Her literary work and personal charisma generated institutes, university lecture tours, plays, films, television adaptations, and Objectivist periodicals. Her vivid depictions of the individualistic, capitalistic ideal and the world, would influence generations of readers. At the same time, Rand ran her passions to extremes, generating what have been called cultish characteristics in her following and a degree of conflict, division, and moral corruption in her inner circle.