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All The Kings Men

"But in the end the truth gave the past back to me."
Jack Burden pg. 436

To understand the inferential validity of the above quotation, I think it is important to
first establish a literal comprehension of the quotation. Furthermore, Jack uses the facts
and truth he has gathered in his life up to 1939 to better understand and explain the
occurrences and consequences that have also occurred up to 1939. The most important
secrets of the past that are finally uncovered are the truth about his father's, Ellis
Burden and Judge Irwin, and his relationship with Anne Stanton.


From the beginning of the book the Burden family structure is shaky and confusing at best,
the first mention of the mother on pg. 37 describes a love confused women next to her new
young husband, her fourth. Then we finally get to meet the myth, the man Ellis Burden.
Ellis' status is catalyzed on pg. 200 when Jack addresses him as father and the Scholarly
Attorney responds querulously, "What - what did you say?" and on those same pages the old
man stubbornly refuses to comment on the questions about Monty Irwin. Furthermore on that
page Jack, to himself, calls the old man a "fool,... who wasn't man enough to run his own
house". Coupled with numerous All-American quotes of the upstanding Judge as Jack's father
figure, pg. 121 "the Judge was a brave man", pg. 438 "... he was a man and I loved him.",
the reader becomes confused about whom the father really is. This is the hidden past, and
as Jack completes the "Case of the Upright Judge", he "broke the ice" and found out the
truths and facts that would give him his past back. "The Judge won't scare easy", is a
quotation rapidly forgotten as Jack uses one heck of a Louisville slugger to bust this
boy. The Judge, with both his frightened ticker and shortly his reputation on their last
few diminishing beats, leaves this world trying to talk fast to Jack. The very next page
the mystery is solved as Jack's mother hysterically falls to the floor screaming "your
father and oh! you killed him." and the next line states the numbness and closure for
Jack, "That was how I found out."


These truths uncovered the past and their truths and weeded out the confusion that was the
past. "It was always Monty", his mother says on 429, her love for him and his political
dislike of the Judge caused dispute between Jack and his mother. Jack finally feels happy
about whom his father was and is, he says on pgs 353 & ‘54, "There was a kind of relief
in knowing that that man was not my father." and "... I had swapped the good, weak father
for the evil, strong one. I didn't feel bad about it." As the green grass of idealism was
laid down, Jack saw deeper into the Judge's grave and saw the death of his confused
childhood and a birth of a tranquil living.


The relationship of Jack Burden and Anne Stanton is almost confusing as his other family
problems. Pg. 273, "All the bright days by the water with the gulls flashing high were
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