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Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men

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Leah Krehling

on 17 December 2013

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Transcript of Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men

Robert Penn Warren's
All the King's Men

Should it be Banned?
It was Challenged in Dallas, Texas in 1974 citing that the book contained a “depressing view of life” and “immoral situations”.
I believe that it should be allowed in classrooms because of the ideas about life that are discussed, and the way that it displays politics. As well as the different types of people that are shown in the novel and the way that it shows how people can change over time.

Another main part of the novel is the corruption in the world of Willie Stark
Jack throughout the novel finds dirt on politicians and others for Willie. Often these people aren't the type that most would think have these kinds of secrets based on how they appear to the general public
Willie Stark's quote "What the voter doesn't know doesn't prey on his mind." Turns out to be true throughout the novel, as Willie and other politicians use corrupt means to get what they want and shape the world of the voter, however since the people don't know that all of this is happening there is nothing that is going to change the way that the system works
The main part of the quote is spoken by the "Scholarly Attorney" a man whom Jack has spent most of his life hating because he walked out on Jack and his mother when Jack was young
A large part of the novel is about the line of good and evil, and throughout the novel Jack has many ideas about life and whether or not his actions matter in the grand scheme of things.
This quote shows Jack and the attorney's final ideas about these things that Jack has been thinking about for the whole novel and the way that they are able to leave their past actions behind them and move on






Robert Penn Warren
He was born in Kentucky
Best known for his treatment of moral dilemmas in the South in his poetry and essays.
He was supporter of racial integration and published a collection of interviews with black civil rights leaders including Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.
Warren's novel
All the King's Men
, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947.
He also won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1958 and 1979. He is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry.
All the King's Men is the story of the rise and fall of a politician in the Deep South during the 1930s. Willie Stark rises from poverty to become governor of his state and its most powerful political figure; he blackmails and bullies his enemies into submission, and institutes a radical series of liberal reforms designed to tax the rich and ease the burden of the state's poor farmers.

All the King's Men is also the story of Jack Burden, who becomes Willie Stark's right-hand man. Jack uses his considerable talents as a historical researcher and ex-journalist to dig up the unpleasant secrets of Willie's enemies, which are then used for purposes of blackmail.

The novel is about Willie's rise to prominence and change from a humble country lawyer to a politician who uses corrupt means in order to do good for the poor masses of his state. It is also the complex story of Willie's downfall and the personal tale of Jack as the latter comes to realize his responsibility for the world around him.
(April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989)
Huey Long
Main character of
All the King's Men
Willie Stark resembles Huey Pierce Long (1893–1935), the radical populist governor of Louisiana whom Warren was able to observe closely while teaching at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from 1933 to 1942.
Politician who served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932
Best known for his "Share Our Wealth" program, created in 1934 under the motto "Every Man a King."
Long was assassinated in 1935 by Dr. Carl Weiss, and his death is very similar to what happens to Willie Stark in the novel.
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