Term Paper on All the Kings Men

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All the Kings Men

The entire King's Men
All the King's Men, written by Robert Penn Warren, is set deep in the south during the
1930's. This is a story of the rise and fall of a political titan. Willie Stark comes from
poverty to become the governor of his state. He forces his enemies into submission by
blackmails, repeated threats, and bullies them. He creates a series of liberal reforms
that lay heavy tax burdens on the rich and lifts the money issue off of the poor farmers.
His foil character Sam MacMurfee persistently searches for way to ruin the career of
Willie Starks. Sam MacMurfee has thugs and powerful political allies deep in his pockets.
The two characters remind the reader of corrupt figures in politics such as the famous
Boss Tweed.

Willie Stark's right-hand man is Jack Burden. He left his eloquent and polite family to
work with Willie. Jack is an extremely intelligent historical researcher that uses his
abilities to dig up dirt on Willie's enemies. Willie uses the secrets to blackmail his
enemies into his submission. Often corrupt political figures indirectly pay off other
individuals to do the "dirty work" and blackmail their enemies. Although Willie Starks may
have been acting corruptly for a good purpose it was still illegal and wrong.

Willie asks Jack to search for secrets on a father figure from his child hood. Judge Irwin
was a father figure in Jack's life as a child. In this situation, Jack's motivation and
responsibility to himself is questioned. Jack discovers that Judge Irwin accepted a bribe
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