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Robert Penn Warren

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all-the-kings-men-robert-penn-warrenNarrator, Chapter 9f you could not accept the past and its burden there was no future.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times, RobertPennWarren.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Ambition & CorruptionPride and selfishness lead the ambitious toward corruption.WE WANTWILLIE!Burden of HistoryThe past affects peoples actions, which have mixed results.Personal ResponsibilityAvoiding pain and responsibility means living passively.ThemesIdealistic man; becomes disillusioned and is killed while assassinating the BossAdam StantonPure, elite woman; suffers disillusionment and degrades herself but recoversAnne StantonAlso called the Boss; powerful governor who justifies his corrupt political pathWillie StarkCynical, passive muckraker for the Boss; becomes responsible and chooses hopeJack BurdenMain CharactersRaised in Kentucky, Warren infused All the Kings Men with the atmosphere of the South. He said he never would have written the novel if not for the politician Huey Long, his inspiration for the Boss. With its focus on the Boss, the novel conveys the corruption of humankind and the need to take responsibility.ROBERT PENN WARREN1905–89AuthorWhen his muckraking harms the Judge, Jack realizes actions are linked.Spider WebTo deal with Annes affair, Jack sees people as controlled by impulses.Great TwitchJack Burden uses sleep to avoid the pain of his personal and ancestral history.Great SleepDuring the 1930s in a southern state, Jack Burden works as a muckraker for the corrupt demagogue known as the Boss. As he digs up a scandal on his friend Judge Irwin, Jack deals with the burden of facing his personal history and accepting responsibility for his life.Coming to Terms with the PastOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1946Year PublishedRobert Penn WarrenAuthorAll The Kings MenDramaNovel

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