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Unformatted text preview: Willie Stark has been labeled as a political demagogue because of the nature of his speeches and because of the way that he manipulates people. Willie Stark did not begin that way, however. He was forced out of his belief in the basic goodness and rationality of people. He discovered that the public would not or could not respond rationally to his rational proposals. When he got angry about his treatment by the Harrison people, he discovered that the people would respond to his emotion and to his appeals to their emotions. He also discovered that he could manipulate the emotions of a crowd very effectively. Willie Stark is a political demagogue, but his ability to move a crowd is only part of what makes him a demagogue. Much more important is his sense of mission, his vision of what could be. A major part of his mission is to bring the benefits of government to his kind of people, to the rural parts of the...
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08