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All the King's Men Social Sensitivity

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Social Sensitivity

All the King's Men abounds with moral ambiguities. Violence, betrayal, blackmail, infidelity, and political corruption shape the plot line, and the conclusion does not present a clear victory of good over evil. For Warren, Adam Stanton's idealism is as dangerous as Willie Stark's Machiavellianism. But from this morass, Jack Burden develops from a passive and cynical character to a man ready to accept moral responsibility. Because of this change in Jack, the novel can be seen as a call for individuals to take action tempered with forethought, and to reject the dogmatic impulses that doom Adam Stanton's and Willie Stark's attempts to change their worlds.

Some readers may also be offended by the portrayal of the South as a land of ignorance and indifference, where demagogues such as Willie Stark continue to be held in esteem. From its history of Reconstruction corruption through its long battle against civil...

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