I was supposed to read this book over the past few months, actually 5 months. Instead of reading the book, I decided to play Neopets and other games. Now the essay is due and I'm screwed. I have no idea what to do. My teacher is too dumb to realize I'm a senior and majority of seniors in my school don't care anymore since it's the last few weeks of school.
I have to write a 800-1600 word essay. That's the problem.
Problem is it has to be turned into a contest for Ayn Rand. No plagiarism allowed or I could face legal issues. It's worth two major test grades as well.
Now is the time I wish I owned a gun.
An essay of that size can be written in under 4 hours, without ever reading the primary text. The key lies, as was previously mentioned, in summary sites like SparkNotes for grasping your basic understanding of the text, combined with looking around for some established criticism to compound your points with. Even if there is little available criticism on the text itself, you can easily just highlight one of the major themes (in the case of The Fountainhead, the sociological conflict of the individual in concepts of society, perhaps?), then pair that with a generally more zoomed-out sort of perspective.
It's absolutely amazing what the internet has done. We don't read literature anymore, and we have become so adept at cheating our way through lives that it should seriously be considered an Olympic sport.