It is noted, however, for deviating significantly from the novel's storyline. Jack, like Cass, learns that consequences are real even within the tumult of history, which does not exist solely in his own mind. There is really nothing to reply to this innocent boneheadedness or gospel-bit hysteria.
The book also touches on Oedipal themes, as Jack discovers his father's real identity after having caused his death.
While his wry, detached, often humorous tone suggests an attempt to stand apart from the other characters' passions and intrigues, the highly personal content of his narrative suggests an awareness that he cannot truthfully remove himself and his own history from the story of Willie Stark, because his own story has paralleled and helped shape the tragic outcome of Stark's story.
In other words, Talos is the kind of doom that democracy may invite upon itself. It is a little graceless of me to call this characteristic unfortunate, and to quarrel with it, for certainly the journalistic relevance of All the King's Men had a good deal to do with what interest it evoked.
Even though he is carrying a gun, he promises himself he is not going to use it to take another mans life because he feel responsible for the death of Duncan Trice. Jack presents the incriminating evidence to Irwin, and before he has a chance to use it against him, Irwin commits suicide.
After leaving to find Phebe, he had never set eyes on Annabelle Trice again. Politics merely provided the framework story in which the deeper concerns, whatever their final significance, might work themselves out. Annabelle had been unable to bear the knowledge that Phebe knew about her sin, and so she sold her.
Jack comes to view Adam Stanton as the polar opposite of Governor Stark, calling Adam "the man of idea" and Stark "the man of fact".
Another motif in the novel is the "Great Twitch. My conception grew wider, but that element always remained, and Willie Stark remained, in one way, Willie Talos. Adam tells Anne, "he wouldn't be paid pimp to his sister's whore". When a fly just barely touches one string of a spider web, it causes a ripple affect that goes through the whole web causing the spider to pounce on it and paralyze it quickly-the same goes for life.
It is as bumpy and uneven as a corduroy road, somewhat irresolute and confused in its approach to vital problems and not always convincing. The idea that every moment in the past contains the seeds of the future is constantly explored through the novel's non-chronological narrative, which reveals character continuities and thematic connections across different time periods.
Critical reception[ edit ] Contemporary response to the novel was largely positive. Cass Mastern[ edit ] One of Jack Burden's first major historical research projects revolves around the life of a 19th-century collateral ancestorCass Mastern, a man of high moral standards and a student at Transylvania College in Kentucky Robert Penn Warren's native state.
Inthe United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant", and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. February Learn how and when to remove this template message One central motif of the novel is that all actions have consequences, and 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.
The film won three Oscars that year: 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.
It is only at the end of the novel that Jack realizes this. The closer Jack comes to understanding Cass Mastern, the closer he is to accepting the idea of human responsibility in time. He recalls his first, as a graduate student at the State University, studying for his Ph.
In each case, the discovery catalyzes an upheaval in the character's moral outlook. 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.
The papers remained in their unopened box throughout the time he spent with his beautiful wife Lois; after he left her, they remained unopened. Jack comes to view Adam Stanton as the polar opposite of Governor Stark, calling Adam "the man of idea" and Stark "the man of fact".
In achieving this office Stark comes to embrace various forms of corruption and builds an enormous political machine based on patronage and intimidation.Cass Mastern (all the King’s Men) In All The Kings Men, Jack, finds for his dissertation to get his PhD, he writes on his great uncle, Cass Mastern.
Cass Mastern was a poor when he was born, but his brother, becoming rich from cotton plantations, came back and supported Cass financially/5(1). All the King's Men is a novel by Robert Penn Warren first published in Its title is drawn from the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. InWarren won the Pulitzer Prize for All the King's Men.
All the King's Men is a novel by Robert Penn Warren first published in Its title is drawn from the nursery rhyme Humpty calgaryrefugeehealth.comWarren won the Pulitzer Prize for All the King's Men. It was adapted for a film in and ; the version won the Academy Award for Best calgaryrefugeehealth.com is rated as the 36th greatest novel of the 20th.
All the King's Men is a novel by Robert Penn Warren first published in Its title is drawn from the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.
InWarren won the Pulitzer Prize for All the King's Men. The narrator of All The King’s Men, Jack Burden, is commanded by Stark to dig up dirt on a much loved man in Burden’s life. It is then that he remembers the writing of his dissertation of papers that were his father’s uncle, Cass Mastern.
Cass is the main character of the "story within a story" at the heart of All the King's Men. He is one of Ellis Burden's uncles.
He is one of Ellis Burden's uncles. This narrative takes place in the decades leading up to the Civil War, and it contains some extremely chilling stories about slavery.Download