Indeed, many readers have had difficulty with this episode, and some critics have argued that the presence of this episode in the novel constitutes a serious flaw. Such arguments notwithstanding, the Cass Mastern episode is an integral part of the novel and serves several important purposes. In addition, the story of Cass Mastern contains incidents that are parallel to other incidents in the lives of both Willie Stark and Jack Burden.
Broderick Crawford won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Willie Stark, a backwoods Southern lawyer who wins the hearts of his constituents by bucking the corrupt state government. Journalist Jack Burden John Ireland is impressed by Willie's seeming sincerity, and aids Stark on the road to political power.
Once he's reached the governor's mansion, however, Willie proves himself to be as dishonest and despotic as the crooks whom he's replaced.
Fiercely protective of his power, Willie organizes a fascistic police force and arranges for "accidents" to befall those who oppose him; even so, he retains the love of the voters by lowering the poverty level, improving the school system, and financing building projects.
Even when Willie all but orchestrates the suicide of Anne's uncle, a highly respected judge Raymond Greenleafthose closest to him are unable to escape his power and the charismatic hold he has over people.
Stockton, CA, stands in for the unnamed state capitol where most of the film's action occurs.
Warren 's novel would later be adapted into a stage play, a TV special, and even an opera.Jack Burden Jack and Willie have to share the protagonist role. By the time All the King's Men is over, we are probably more involved in all of Jack's personal sagas .
At the beginning of this chapter, Jack Burden meets an old man who has a facial tic — that is, his left cheek involuntarily twitches to a kind of rhythm, and this tic has been a part of him for so long that he is not even aware of it. All the King's Men Quotes (showing of ) “The end of man is knowledge, but there is one thing he can't know.
He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. Everything you ever wanted to know about Sadie Burke in All the King's Men, written by masters of this stuff just for you.
As a character, Sadie is hugely defined by her physical characteristics. Jack makes much of her extremely pockmarked face, and at one point when she is in deep despair, Jack tells us that she looks like a "plaster-of Paris mask of Medusa which some kid has been using as a target for a BB gun" ().
All the King's Men portrays the dramatic, and theatrical political rise and governorship of Willie Stark, a cynical, liberal populist in the American South during the s. The novel is narrated by Jack Burden, a political reporter who comes to work as Governor Stark's right-hand man.