Plot[ edit ] All the King's Men portrays the dramatic, and theatrical political rise and governorship of Willie Stark, a cynical, liberal populist in the American South during the s. The novel is narrated by Jack Burden, a political reporter who comes to work as Governor Stark's right-hand man.
The trajectory of Stark's career is interwoven with Jack Burden's life story and philosophical reflections: Please improve this section by adding secondary or tertiary sources.
February Learn how and when to remove this template message One central motif of the novel is that all actions have consequences, All the kings men that it is impossible for an individual to stand aloof and be a mere observer of life, as Jack tries to do first as a graduate student doing historical research and later as a wisecracking newspaperman.
In the atmosphere of the s, the whole population seemed to abandon responsibility by living vicariously through messianic political figures like Willie Stark. Thus, Stark fulfills the wishes of many of the characters, or seems to do so. For instance, his faithful bodyguard Sugar-Boy, who stutters, loves Stark because "the b-boss could t-talk so good"; Jack Burden cannot bring himself to sleep with Anne Stanton, whom he loves, but Stark does so; and so on.
It is in this sense that the characters are "all the king's men," a line taken from the poem Humpty Dumpty Penn biographer Joseph Blotner also notes, "Like Humpty Dumpty, each of the major characters has experienced a fall of some kind".
But this vicarious achievement will eventually fail; ultimately Jack realizes that one must "go out of history into history and the awful responsibility of Time". The novel explores conceptions of Calvinist theologysuch as original sin "Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption, and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud," says Willie when told that no adverse information about an opponent would be likely to be found.
Jack, Willie, and Adam all abandon idealism when they realize that nobody is pure and unblemished. Another motif in the novel is the "Great Twitch. Jack's description of his trip contains overt and indirect references to the notion of Manifest Destinywhich becomes somewhat ironic when he comes back from it believing in the "Great Twitch.
This image becomes for him the encapsulating metaphor for the idea that "all life is but the dark heave of blood and the twitch of the nerve.
The concept is brought to life for Jack when he witnesses a lobotomy performed by Adam Stanton. The emotional distance permitted by this revelation releases Jack from his own frustration stemming from the relationship between Anne Stanton and his boss, and allows him to return to circumstances which were previously unbearable.
Subsequent events including the tragic deaths of Governor Stark, Jack's lifelong friend Adam Stanton, and Judge Irwin, Jack's father convince Jack that the revelation of the "Great Twitch" is an insufficient paradigm to explain what he has seen of history.
They were doomed, but they lived in the agony of will.
The book also touches on Oedipal themes, as Jack discovers his father's real identity after having caused his death. The theme of one's father's identity and its effects on one's own sense of identity is explored twice in the novel, first through Adam and Anne's painful discovery that their father the late Governor Stanton once assisted in the cover-up of a bribery scandal.
Then Jack discovers that his biological father is Judge Irwin, not, as he previously believed, "the Scholarly Attorney".
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|All the King's Men ( film) - Wikipedia||Crawford, who eventually took the role, won the Academy Award for Best Actorbeating out Wayne, who had been nominated for his role in Sands of Iwo Jima. The film was shot at various locations in California using local residents, something that was fairly unknown for Hollywood at the time.|
|All the King's Men () - IMDb||Crawford, who eventually took the role, won the Academy Award for Best Actorbeating out Wayne, who had been nominated for his role in Sands of Iwo Jima.|
In each case, the discovery catalyzes an upheaval in the character's moral outlook. Time is another of the novel's thematic fascinations.Jul 14, · Watch video · All the King's Men was a gutsy film in its day, and wonder of wonders it still plays this way after all these years.
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All The King's Men () IMDb min PG Subtitles and Closed Captions Sean Penn and Jude Law head an all-star cast in this riveting story of a humble man's rise to power and the influence of political corruption that would eventually cause his downfall.
All the King’s Men is one of my favorite books, and I find it hard to write about my favorite books. When you are swept away by something – a book, a movie, a girl – all objectivity tends to disappear/5. The second book would also be All The King's Men, in case I lost the first book.
I think it's that good, but that's just my opinion and it doesn't count for much. Some people hate it; they say it's long and that it rambles and waxes poetic and has lots of philosophy in it.
They're schwenkreis.coms: All the King's Men is a novel by Robert Penn Warren that was first published in Jul 14, · Watch video · Directed by Robert Rossen. With Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek.
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal/10(K).