And let's not forget that it is the dirty, corrupt acts of Willie that enable him to accomplish some good deeds — building schools and hospitals, and fighting for those whose voices have been stomped down by others. Jefferson Davis In American history, Davis was President of the Confederate States of America. Jack posits this reason for Willie keeping Tiny Duffy, a disloyal man who had duped him once, in his administration: Tiny Duffy became, in a crazy kind of way, the other self of Willie Stark, and all the contempt and insult which Willie Stark was to heap on Tiny Duffy was nothing but what one self of Willie Stark did to the other self because of a blind, inward necessity. In Willie Stark's first race, his agents Tiny Duffy and Sadie Burke trick Willie into running in the election so that Willie will split the country vote with his opponent Sam MacMurfee. The concept is brought to life for Jack when he witnesses a performed by Adam Stanton. As Jack says, he is very good at his job. Willie fiercely insults Byram, then forces him to sign an undated letter of resignation for Willie to keep in exchange for his protection against the impeachment proceedings taking place against him.
He now plans to write the book about Cass Mastern that he abandoned many years before, and he plans to sell Judge Irwin's house, which is now his, and to cut his physical ties with Burden's Landing. Both shun the materialism, cordiality, and concern for appearance of earlier generations, yet Jack does so out of ennui, Adam out of preoccupation with his medical work. At the Judge's house, Willie's deceptively friendly country tone and manner are the same as during his speech earlier. The novel is narrated by Jack Burden, a political reporter who comes to work as Governor Stark's right-hand man. Long over Jack Burden's life. Slade Owner of a speakeasy during Prohibition.
In reading these comments at the beginning and the end of the chapter, the fact that Jack is narrating the story some three years later should be kept in mind; a great deal happens to him in those three years. He was governor of the state in the 1910s, and Montague Irwin was his attorney general. If All the King's Men were simply a conventional novel concerned with what happens, the events in Chapter Two would have been those that followed the events in Chapter One, and so on through the novel. Stark used the truth-in the form of damaging information about his rivals- to blackmail and control his enemies. He discovered that the public would not or could not respond rationally to his rational proposals.
If the government of this state for quite a long time back had been doing anything for the folks in it, would Stark have been able to get out there with his bare hands and bust the boys? Although Willie Stark may use these ideas for his own purposes, there can be little question that he is drawing on an important part of his background when he does so. Since he blackmails his political opponents with the truth, and with the intention of helping the people of his state, he justifies his corrupt actions. Adam serves as a partial foil to Jack in the novel. Yet underneath this facade of hostility and cynicism is a little boy who wants his father, who wants to love and respect his father, and who wants his father to love and care for him in return. His death is intimately connected to the way he leads his life, and the way he chooses to effect change. Likewise, Jack Burden is also a complex character, and simple judgments of him are also likely to be mistaken.
That is, he anticipates becoming involved in Hugh Miller's campaign for governor. White, a corrupt man in his cabinet, and spends his time away from politics. He starts out genuinely trying to help the poor, and as governor he does succeed in pushing through liberal reforms to help common people. He is entirely dependent upon external forces seizing him and pushing him in one direction or the other. Of course, Jack had all of the relevant information about Cass Mastern, but he — and the reader — do not have all the facts behind his father's decision to leave Jack and his mother. Well, some of the brickwork gave and the bolts and bars holding the contraption to the wall pulled loose and the whole thing fell away, spraying kids in all directions. Jack's emotional — and moral — detachment is also evident in his research into Judge Irwin's past.
There is really nothing to reply to this innocent boneheadedness or gospel-bit hysteria. The position initially strikes Adam as repugnant because of his revulsion to Stark's politics, but Jack and Anne ultimately persuade him to accept the invitation, essentially by removing his moral high ground. But after the deaths of Judge Irwin, Willie, and Adam, he must deal with the consequences of his actions. Willie, a charismatic leader, rises to power promising to help poor people but gains power through bullying and blackmail. On the other hand, one defining trait that remains a constant throughout Jack's development is a passion for discovering the truth of history. Unfortunately, his father does not hear what Jack says, and the moment quickly passes.
He does not understand the Scholarly Attorney's religious philosophy, his choice of a place to live and of a way to live, nor his concern for the unfortunate. This theory postulates that all human actions are caused by the same forces that produce the tic in the face of the old man whom he meets: somewhere, an impulse originates, and somewhere else somebody does something. As the Treasurer of Mason City, he was an idealist, guided more by ideals than practical considerations. He tells Willie that his son murdered someone in a fair fight, and later on Willie arranges for a lawyer for the boy. The events in Chapter One took place in 1936, the time at which the present action of All the King's Men begins. The complexity in Willie's characters comes from the fact that he is a moral relativist, meaning that he believes that good ends justify bad means. He weighs the Judge's character as he would weigh an object.
Jack's mother Unnamed in the novel, Jack's mother is a woman whose doting tendencies and several relationships have a profound effect on Jack's character. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, Willie's message gains a wide audience, and he rises quickly to become governor. Judge Montague Irwin - A prominent citizen of Burden's Landing and a former state Attorney General; also a friend to the Scholarly Attorney and a father figure to Jack. The popular film is based on Warren's classic novel; however, the novel as well as the plays it inspired are the things that came first, and it is a piece of literature that has become part of the American culture over the course of time. Individuals who wish to do no harm to others, if this theory is to hold out, must be very careful in life, so as not to offend other people, let alone to cause them any ill effects.