Before you start reading All the Kings Men, you should understand that it’s a story written by Robert Penn Warren about a political icon in the 30s. Basically, rising from a poor house to being a governor of the state is not an easy task. Many people realize that politics is all about a game of manipulation and willpower, but not good ideals. Willie needs to put a lot of his energy to keep an efficient political position, but he coaxes enemies into their submission by using bullying and blackmailing.
Sam McMurfee is the most powerful enemy that he has because he always tries to putt the main character down off a political throne. It’s interesting that Warren focuses on the fact that Willie started as an honest and good man opposed to the system full of bribery, blackmail, and trickery, but he is forced to master it in the end.
Don’t forget that this book is also a story of his right hand man, Jack Burden who turns away from a good-natured upbringing to join the rough group of hired thugs and allies of Willie so that he decides to refuse from all of his past interests. His main job is to use his major talents as a historical researcher to find out more about the secrets and information of Willie’s enemies. However, Jack keeps struggling with the idea of his responsibility and he does his best to avoid this idea. This means that he doesn’t believe that all of his actions have certain consequences and all people are responsible for them. It’s worth mentioning that he thinks that he is an idealist.
Willie does everything possible to control any situation, but his son gets one woman pregnant. The first love of Jack is his lover, Anne Stanton, but when her brother finds out about this kind of affair, he kills Willie because of his rage so that it’s the only situation where Willie has no control. After his death, Jack doesn’t want to be involved in politics any longer, and he also reconsiders his idea that no one is responsible for the consequences of certain actions. Finally, he wants to marry Anne Stanton.
Keep in mind that people’s reputation is one of the most important themes discussed by the author in this interesting story. Willie is a powerful politician who is constantly in the public eye so that he is concerned with how other people will perceive his actions and words. In addition, there are many other important themes reflected in this book so that you should read it to learn more about them and make your personal conclusions.
Before you start reading All the Kings Men, you should understand that it’s a story written by Robert Penn Warren about a political icon in the 30s. Basically, rising from a poor house to being a governor of the state is not an easy task. Many people realize that politics is all about a game of manipulation and willpower, but not good ideals.